Litanies, Prayers And Dialogues For Lent and Easter
Righteous God, our refuge and our strength; mightily we have sinned and greatly we need your forgiveness. Not only have we listened to the subtle temptations of Satan, but we have openly worked for the Sin which you so rightly oppose Knowing our human weakness we have come to you seeking strength for our souls and relief for our bodies. For we need to speak to Satan as Jesus did, saying "Be gone!" Forgive us O God, purge our unrighteousness in the holy fire of your love and forge us into your pure and shining instruments.
Wilton Lewis stood with his hands on his hips, studying the sanctuary wall, not trusting himself to speak. He wanted to spit, was thwarted by the fact that he was inside, and instead swallowed hard and said, “This is vile. Disgusting and vile.” He turned to his right and added, “I apologize, Reverend Cashmore. This does not represent the good people of Port William. You know that, I hope.”
Since Albert Einstein is considered the genius above all geniuses, he is often credited quotes he never said. (If Einstein said it, it must be true.) That includes the saying that insanity is defined as doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result. Actually, it wasn't until the 1980's that he was first connected to that saying, but it doesn't matter who actually said it, because these three scriptures seem to validate the saying.
Seven years ago, our family moved from southern Virginia to northeast Wisconsin. As you might expect, spring comes later here. Fall comes earlier. And winter is a much different experience in northeast Wisconsin than it was in southern Virginia. The same temperatures that seemed bone-chilling in Virginia are good reason to leave the mufflers and mittens at home in Wisconsin. Of course, many of the retired folks in my congregation here take their cue from the geese and fly south for the winter each year.