READ : Galatians 3:19-29
Thank you for inviting me into your quiet place for the next four weeks. I want to use this time to return to many of you the good blessings that you have sent my way.
For nearly forty-five years I have either been under the instruction of or in service to God among the peoples of the Reformed Church in America. As an African American I was indeed a stranger in your midst, but you took me in. My overwhelming experience has been that “the lines have fallen to me in goodly places.”
The church has shared its heritage with me. I’ve even learned to enjoy the ever-so-slight fragrance of tulips and the sound of Klompenspielers as mid-western friends celebrated their past.
Friends, I want to return to you, and to all whom I will have the privilege of visiting, insights and inspiration from the wellspring that has been the source for my development as a child of the King.
In spite of the oft repeated question, “How can you sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” I have learned to sing it and to share it.
I invite you today to sing in your hearts with me:
Let us break bread together on our knees,
Let us drink wine together on our knees,
Let us praise God together!
God our Father, Christ our Brother, open our eyes and hearts that we may see each other as brothers and sisters. Amen.