Lifeboat?


My friend, may I ask you a question? To lay down one's life for another is the supreme sacrifice yet there have been many times during wars or disasters when that sacrifice has been made. It's a sacrifice that's almost impossible to comprehend and we may have asked ourselves when reading of such heroism, "could I do that?"

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

You and I both know that it's easy to dodge our responsibilities. All you need to do is ignore them, overlook them or pass them off on someone else. The problem is, we can never dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. They're like that indelible ink that gets on your hand. Scrub as you might, you can't get it to go away. That's what it's like when we try to dodge the good that people do for us by not passing that good on to others.

Here's a story: A penniless boy stowed away on an immigrant ship bound for America. In the mid-Atlantic the ship hit an iceberg and began to sink, but there was enough time to get everybody into life-boats. Deep down in the bowels of the ship the boy wondered why the ship had stopped and as he emerged from his hiding place there was no-one around. He came up on deck just as the captain was about to step into the last seat of the last life-boat. In the highest tradition of the sea, the captain stepped back and put the boy in his place, and as the life-boat was pushed off, he said to the lad: "Never forget what has been done for you." As the life-boat pulled away, the lad could see the captain standing on the deck, and that vision never left him. He went on to become a successful businessman, and when people asked him about the secret of his achievement he always told the story of the captain giving his life for him and how he was urged to never forget what had been done for him. "Whenever I get discouraged and feel negatively about myself," he said, "I recall the vision of what has been done for me and it gives me new courage to keep on keeping on to be worthy of such a price." (Ron Clark)

To lay down one's life for another is the supreme sacrifice yet there have been many times during wars or disasters when that sacrifice has been made. It's a sacrifice that's almost impossible to comprehend and we may have asked ourselves when reading of such heroism, "could I do that?" Another question might be, "how could I ever repay such a sacrifice?" The answer is that repayment would be impossible. But we would surely have a responsibility to take full advantage of such a sacrifice, as did that stowaway on the sinking ship; he went on to success but never forgot the price that was paid by another. How wrong it would be to forget that sacrifice or to cheapen it by failing to grasp the new opportunity or the new life it provided. Jesus gave his life for us on the cross of Calvary. When we celebrate Holy Communion and read that well-known passage of scripture, "This is my body, which is for you, do this in remembrance of me." Let's never for- get that sacrifice and may we never cheapen it by failing to walk in the footsteps of Jesus or by falling short of the new life he has given to us. We have the freedom to dodge the responsibility, but never the ability to wash it away.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)

We pray. Lord we stowed away on this earth forever as sinners, fallen men and women who didn’t have the payment for passage. When the time came and the storms of God’s wrath over sin prevailed, we came out of hiding looking for some way out. There was none, except for you. You took our place and sent us safely into the Father’s hands. You paid the price with Your life, but sent us away with this message: “Never forget what I have done for you.” Lord, we celebrate Your sacrifice today through the gift of Holy Communion. May we never forget Oh our Captain. Never! In Your name we pray. Amen!

May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<thispassingday@gmail.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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