Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Going Hat-in-Hand

I was reading Dr. Hein's article "The Freedom of Grace and the Bondage of the Neighbor: The Paradox of Christian Nurture" and was STRUCK...in so many ways and on so many levels. The main level, of course, was in light of me being a new mom with a vocation of raising my daughter in the fear and admonition of the Lord as I covenanted to do before God and His Holy Church on the day I was married to my dear husband. This may seem a small thing now since she is only 3 1/2 months old! But the job has already begun. Then I read this:

"It is recounted that Luther's last spoken words on his deathbed were: We are all beggars, and that's the truth. And so here is our task: to raise young beggars who make it habit , simply to go - spiritual hat in hand to the throne of grace - and receive all the donated dignity and sustenance for life they can get from the bleeding charity of a crucified Christ."

What a comfort! To simply receive. Yet this is one of the hardest things for our Old Adam to do, which is why daily baptism is of the utmost importance. Again to quote Dr. Hein:

"Spiritual beggars are made - and renewed in their passion to beg - by continual experience of their own spiritual poverty. Only those who die to sin may live in Christ. This is as true for the two and three-old baptized as it is for their parents."


  1. It is indeed a comfort. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. We are all beggars, and that's the truth.

    I have always been greatly comforted by the fact that those were Luther's last written words.
    Good quote from Dr. Hein also. :)

  3. Looks like you have a happy beggar on your hands. :) Looking forward to seeing her in person on Sunday!

  4. Hi Kaylee,
    Thanks for reminding me of Dr. Hein. I put my cd from his last visit on in the car the other day. I was very edified by his simple way of describing God's grace as complete gift with no merit from us.

    She is a cutie! Elisabeth can't wait to play with her ;-)