The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


To worship as lovers

'Love ... does not inisist on its own way' (1 Corinthians 13:5)

"Make it stop raining," a man in the gym said last spring as I passed him on my way to the exercise pool. "What did you say?" I asked, astounded that anyone would want rain to stop. The Pacific Northwest had received far less than half our usual precipitation, and power supplies were threatened by the lack of snowpack in the mountains.

He repeated his request, adding, "It can rain weekdays but not spoil my weekend." I hoped he was kidding. Could anyone be so shortsighted and self-centered?

It's the mark of our culture. The primary consideration of many seems to be their immediate pleasure or comfort, without much concern for the well-being of others or even for the long-term effects on themselves.

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