A few days ago I received a letter, mailed to the address of Kaiserslautern Evangelical Lutheran Church where I currently serve. I had no idea who the sender was…The back of the envelope just stated the sender’s last name, with a local address. I opened it up. It was from a Dr. H… G…, residing at certain address. This is what it read: “Dear Brother Christian! We met at the Bus-Station on May 2…”
Bus station? This was the “little old lady” on the walker, the PhD mineralogist who used to work on lunar dust and who wanted to tell me all about Jesus (see my Instagram and Facebook posts of May 4). If I’m interested, she wrote, she would like to “continue our talk about the future of the Christian Congregation” and she gave me her phone number.
Here is a lady who goes out of her way to talk to complete strangers about the importance of Christianity and Christ in our lives. She apparently knows that being connected to the Lord by daily Bible reading and weekly church attendance (Word and Sacrament!) is infinitely more important than all the clutter and stuff that we tend to fill our lives with—and she shares this truth with everyone she meets. She reminds me of the believers our Lord describes in Matthew 5:14-16: “14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt 5:14-16).
What a great role model this “little old lady” is—for us all!