Jesus remember me!
I was at the office busily preparing sermon outlines for the fall, when I got a call that someone at a nursing home urgently needed to talk to a pastor. So I dropped what I was doing, and went straight to the person’s room where I read scripture, shared the Gospel, and we prayed together. On the way out I stopped by and did the same with several residents. It’s always a bit jarring, and healthy, to be confronted by the reality that time on this earth is short, and there are far worse things than dying. It’s also a precious thing to be with people who understand that the things of this world are fading, that people are precious in the eyes of Jesus, and that love springs out across eternity. I shared these words from the Cross with one person, and the chanted version from Taizé is still ringing in my head. May we all go out with those words on our lips.
One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:39-43