Reflections: November 25, 2020
Wednesday of the Last Week
By Aaron Fenker
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother"--which is the first commandment with a promise "that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Small Catechism: Table of Duties, Children)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You're a gift to your parents. Of all the people that could be your parents, you got the ones you received as a gift. Of all the kids they could've gotten, they were given you as a gift. It's all gift from the Lord.
He's the Lord of loving, serving, saving. Him FOR YOU. He was born of the Virgin Mary. She, His mother. He, her Son. She, His servant. He, her Lord, her Savior. He loved and served her, even giving her into the care of John at the Cross. There He died for Mary, for John, for you, and for your parents. There He shed His blood.
Into this death and into His Easter coming back to life, He's baptized you. In Jesus you are now a living sacrifice to your parents. You love and serve them. You care for them. You forgive them! They need it! You do, too. They forgive you. Your pastor forgives you and them. You receive Jesus' Body and Blood together. You are all one in Him.
Even if they're weird, they are the hand-picked gift for you, and you the hand-picked gift for them. This is all for your good and their good, too. Not to backtalk, but forgive. Not to ignore their word but to rejoice in their teaching, especially from God's Word.
But when you or they mess it up and fight, you all have the same Savior, the same Jesus, the same Baptism, the same Body and Blood. You are forgiven in Jesus. That's the true gift that Jesus makes sure you and your parents have, receive, and share in. It's why He's gifted you the way He has. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
"You are to honor and obey Your father, mother, ev'ry day, Serve them each way that comes to hand; You'll then live long in the land." Have mercy, Lord! ("These Are the Holy Ten Commands" LSB 581, st. 5)
-Rev. Aaron T. Fenker is the pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Bremen, KS.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
He is also the dean of theology for Higher Things.
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