11-11-2018 Sermon - The Lord's Care for Beggars

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Two of the appointed Lessons and the Responsive Psalm reading all make mention of widows in an exemplary light. And at least part of the reason has to do with the vulnerable status of widows in the ancient world. Along with refugees and orphans, widows were not the beneficiary of a family pension plan, a 401k, Social Security, or Welfare. They were often forced to beg. But this did not prevent the widows in our lessons from looking to God for mercy, trusting His care for them, going about their vocations, and sharing what little they had with others. If only we all were in touch with the vulnerability of our lives and that we could, like Martin Luther, recognize that we are mere beggars, and that from one beggar to another we can tell people where to find the Bread of Life...