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Sermon: Pentecost 18a – October 12, 2014

The Rev. Dr. William Heisley

Lessons: Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

I’ll call her Patsy.  I visited her in a nursing home outside of Philadelphia a few years ago.  I’d known Patsy for nearly 29 years. She was in her 90’s now.  In fact, she served on the committee that recommended I be called to my first congregation.  And she was secretary of the congregation for years, a powerful woman.

Her husband was the treasurer.  I’ll call him Duane.  They never had children.  They just had money.   Duane doted on Patsy.  New precious gems every year, furs, travel, Cadillacs.  They lived well. And they shared their lives.  They became something like parents to me.  Back in my first parish I needed parenting.

Duane died some years ago in the room they shared in that austere nursing home. Their money was gone.  He had doted on her because she was his frail, precious flower.  He died.  She lived.  I always thought she was stronger than the rest of us combined.  She was. (more…)