LIVING OUR COVENANT WITH GOD: GIFTS OF GRACE AND GIFTS OF POWER
In 2003 a book entitled “Parting Words” was published. It is a collection of sermons Bishop Barbara Harris preached in the Diocese of Massachusetts during the year preceding her retirement. She tells a story in the sermon ‘Looking for a Savior’ that caught my attention. I want to share it with you.
“In her later years, my grandmother Mattie was in the habit of storing most of the nice gifts she received at Christmas and other occasions, in boxes up in the top of her closet. It seemed to me that she operating on the theory that somethings were just too good to use routinely and should be saved for special times or special events. One box, which contained some beautiful lingerie was marked ‘Mattie’s burial things’. My grandmother died at age 93, leaving boxes full of unused gifts, some of which—including the burial things—were full of dry rot. Why do I tell this story? Certainly not to belittle my grandmother, who was one of the greatest women I have known but to illustrate a point.”
Read more: Rector's Reflection - January 2014