Mid-summer I had the opportunity to do a funeral for a policeman. I have not known a policeman personally. I have heard stories of the camaraderie that exists and the family connections formed surrounding this kind of work. I always love when God plunks me into new situations to explore ways to proclaim His love. The funeral for Bill Alderson was no exception. It was new to me to have all the uniforms, the formality of salutes and bagpipes.
Luke 15:1-10 “Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people — even eating with them! 3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.
BONNIE LOMEN Pastor at First Lutheran Church The season of “love” is upon us again. The Valentine cards fill the racks and candy hits the market big time. I always wonder as this time comes around if we really understand LOVE. It isn’t lust. It isn’t the passion of a season and then moving on. Many pastors (probably all) have had couples choose 1 Corinthians 13 as a part of wedding ceremonies. But it is more than about marriage. Sure, it is a great message to define the hard work of love in our marriages. But the words are written as a lesson to community.