I heard this again on the radio this week and I just had to give it a shout out. We all know how talented Dolly Parton has been throughout all of her career. I love songs and melodies that can double as prayers.
Let’s never forget and always take comfort in this spiritual truth: God knows where we have been and what we have been through. He knows our hurts and shortcomings. He knows our failures and fears. He know our hopes and dreams. Let’s all strive to rest and find safety and solace in the palm of His hand.
According to tradition, Martin Luther this day in 1517 posted on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, his Ninety-five Theses, a manifesto that turned a protest about an indulgence scandal into the Protestant Reformation. The 95 assertions were levied against the Pope in particular and the Catholic church in general criticizing doctrinal errors and sacramental missteps.
Martin Luther expected his laundry list of 95 points of contention to spark controversy and dialogue and eventually lead to a conference or council to debate them formally and lead to a reform within the Catholic faith. That is not at all what happened though. Luther was instead vilified and eventually excommunicated by the Pope himself. Luther never intended to spark a revolution that eventually prompted an exodus from Catholicism and the birth of the Protestant movement.
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There was a lot of discussion this week about the now infamous fly that landed on Mike Pence’s head during the VP debate with Kamala Harris. I can’t help but wonder what the conservative right and this version of the Republican Party would have said had a fly landed on Hillary Clinton’s head and hung out for a while. Can you hear the chatter now?
“Flies are usually the moniker of a demonic presence.”
“She could be the antichrist.”
“She is the antichrist!”
Ecclesiastes 10:1 came to my mind a lot this week…
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.
Dead flies can be bad attitudes. Dead flies can be unwarranted prejudices. Dead flies can be long-harbored grudges. Dead things rot and decay and can pollute anything sweet around it. God help us to be diligent and self-aware enough to keep the flies away before they spoil the whole pot.