Monday Musings – February 8, 2016

Dear Friends,

A recent item in the Statesman caught my eye.  It was a picture of Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal back together on the Harvard campus and riding in an antique red convertible similar to the one used in “Love Story”.

Remember “Love Story”?  Only those who are old enough to remember 1970 will be able to.  46 years have come and gone since.  Father Time has a way of making us all look “more mature and distinguished”.  Take a look below at what 46 years have done to Ali and Ryan.

The famous line from “Love Story” is:  “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  This is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard.  It’s a good thing I didn’t take this advice when I started dating Helen.  We’ve each had ample opportunity to say we’re sorry.  I’m sure we’ll have many more such opportunities in the future.  Seeking and receiving forgiveness is the only way any relationship can survive.

We were reminded of this again yesterday in our communion ritual:

Leader to People:  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven.

People to Leader:  In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. 

Leader and People:  Glory to God.  Amen.

Have you noticed that our presidential candidates this year have mastered the technique of the “non-apology apology”? Both Republicans and Democrats.  When confronted with something said or done that was clearly wrong, they have a predictable way of responding.  Often they will say they were misunderstood.  Just as often they will “double down” and refuse to concede an inch.  To say they are sorry, to admit they were wrong, is a sign of weakness.  Voters don’t like weak candidates.  I guess “politics means never having to say you’re sorry.” Hence the charade of the presidential candidate who claims to be so wonderful but whose flaws are so obvious.  It would be easier to overlook those flaws if only we could hear those words they are apparently coached never to utter:  “I’m sorry”.

Paul said, “When I am weak, then I am strong.”  Not Rand Paul, the other Paul.  He probably never could have been elected either.

In Christ,

John

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