'2 Corinthians' Tagged Posts

'2 Corinthians' Tagged Posts

SWEET SORROW

Shakespeare’s Juliet says to Romeo:  “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”    English teachers might call that an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms.   But life is full of seeming contradictions which are not so contradictory.  We talk about “bitter sweet moments,” or a “deafening silence,” or “an open secret,” or a “tragic comedy.” There is a sweet sorrow laced in the lines of today’s epistle lesson from 2 Corinthians.  Paul says:  “Godly sorrow produces repentance, which leads to salvation, leaving no…

“TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY”

The old story goes that the newly-ordained pastor encountered the first death in his parish.  The local funeral director informed him there would be only a graveside committal service at a small country cemetery in Iowa.  Sadly, the deceased had no family or friends left in Iowa. The young pastor started early to the cemetery but got lost on the back roads.  Finally he made it – a half hour late.  The hearse was nowhere in sight and the workmen…