ONE THING TO SAY 6-11-17
It is Annual Conference time in Methodism, when all the preachers and lay members from the congregations in a Conference [geographical area] gather to worship and transact business… and accept retirements. At his retirement speech at his Annual Conference, one preacher said, “Those of you who have heard me over the years will understand that I really had only two themes.”
Afterwards, someone overheard two of his colleagues talking about it. “You mean there was a second one?”
Well, not if he had really understood preaching. When I would get worried about finding some new way to tell “the old, old story,” Helen would remind me, “You have only one thing to do in worship each week, and that’s to remind us that God loves us.”
Morrie Schwartz, of Tuesdays With Morrie, said, “Love is the only rational act.”
Soren Kierkegaard said that “Purity of heart is to will one thing.” That one thing is love.
John Wesley told his preachers that he expected them to “become perfect in love.” Not perfect in knowledge or morality or preaching. Perfect in love.
So, no, there was not a second one. We have only one thing to say to one another: Love.
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