John 20: 22-23
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
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The teaching tool that Martin Luther wrote, The Small Catechism, describes this verse as the "Office of the Keys." The power to forgive or not to forgive are the keys that are put into the hands of those who have received the Holy Spirit - the one who walks alongside us as we follow the Way of Christ. It is an important rite of passage. Parents feel the weight of responsibility and anxiety when they place the keys to the car in the hands of their newly licensed driver. Will they follow the rules of the road? Will they look out for those who are careless? Will they be respectful of law enforcement? Will they be responsible stewards of their parents' property? Will they come home in one piece? Will they come home? The one who created this world and created us in a unique relationship with power and responsibility knows how vulnerable we are to damage and to causing damage. God puts into our hands the keys that will be our greatest tool to live well and to heal the world. God's Spirit comes with the keys to forgive, the power not to and the grace to remember that we don't deserve God's trust.
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Holy God, bless us with wisdom and grace on the road. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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