Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church

Rings

November 11th, 2010 by Pastor David Echelbarger

I have walked out into the cold of a November night.  I have seen the bone white moon above, shining through bare branches, tracing macabre shadows overhead.  I have seen the November moon and in mid-shiver have seen it as a skull.   The autumn has passed nearly into winter.  The lush joy of my summer, a memory, the last gasp of colorful fall – fading, and I was cold – so very, cold.

 I walked into worship on a November morning for the Festival of All Saints.  There before me lay ribbons on the communion rail circling the altar – a shimmering satin white with the names of the dead and I shivered.  But I saw that there was a ring around the altar – as our loved ones who have passed beyond are gathered around the altar of a living God.

 And I looked and saw yet another ring on the Festival of All Saints: A lighted candle for each baptism that has marked the beginning of life in God.  They were placed to ring the cross that rises from the foundation of this church, through the roof and far into the sky.   A ring around the cross of Jesus to guide them in life and lead them through death to life.  Twin rings, circling God.

 I have walked out into the cold of a November night.  I have seen the bone white moon above, shining through bare branches, tracing macabre shadows over head.  But I have seen the November moon with a ring around it, an evening rainbow, and I have been warmed by the promise.  As with a band of gold, we are wedded to God.  We ring God in life and death and we rejoice.

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