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'Living Lutheran' today

What's your language of faith in this diverse culture?

What does it mean to live Lutheran?

We have invited ELCA members to submit their answers in video form (see the Living Lutheran website). Some will be shown during our Churchwide Assembly in August ("Church moves on to Orlando" and "'11 assembly gathers in Orlando").

I am interested in how you would answer that question.

For me, the answer meant asking for forgiveness. I had grown impatient waiting for a cab that the dispatcher had assured me would pick me up at 11 a.m. By 11:25 a.m., when the driver pulled up, he could sense my impatience. He apologized, explaining there was road construction that caused delays.

After we arrived at the airport and he had unloaded my luggage, I said, "Sir, will you please forgive me for being so impatient when you were late? I know it was not your fault, but I was worried that I was going to miss my plane. Will you please forgive me?"

He seemed quite surprised. Then he said, "Yes, of course, I will."


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