This morning's sermon centered on our Lord's summary of the Law recorded in St. Matthew's gospel: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the prophets." I recalled Corrie Ten Boom's opinion that this is an "unbeatable combination" and remindedus that learning to give snd receive love like that is a lifetime project for most of us.
After the service at our coffee and fellowship time, one of our members gave the sermon to me with a concrete example of what I had tried to say. She said that after the service, she noticed a fellow parishioner was wearing a beautiful silk scarf just like one her husband, now deceased, had given her. The other parisioner told her that the scarf was precious to her because her father gave it to her. The first parishioner told the one wearing the scarf that she had lost her's in the hurricane. The one wearing the scarf immediately took it off and gave it to her neighbor.