|Vikan with Sallman's "Head of Christ"|
in the background
From the beginning, when I could have been no more than four or so, I formed the opinion that Sunday sermons were much too long and the pews much too hard. Attention Deficit Disorder is certainly what I had, but then it was called “ants in the pants.”
Anyhow, I had plenty of time to look at Jesus each week from those pews. And he came in three incarnations, so to speak. In the large stained glass window at the left he was praying on a big rock in the Garden of Gethsemane while at the right he was in a boat on the Sea of Galilee, beckoning toward a doubtful Peter to walk toward him on the water. Only much later did I realize that both scenes were all about doubt, and surely were intended to give assurance to those earnest farmers gathered on Sunday in those oak pews that self-doubt was more than normal. Not to worry.
|Hope Lutheran Church|