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The Best Possible Glimpse

If anyone has two tunics, he must share with the man who has none
Luke 3:10-18

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Sermon Week Third Sunday of Advent Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 3:10


I paid a dime for a package of seeds.
The clerk tossed them down with a flip.
"We have them assorted to every man's needs,"
he said, with a smile on his lips --
Pansies, poppies, asters, and peas--
Ten cents a package; now pick as you please.

Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store,
and dimes are the things that he needs,
and I've been to buy them in the store before,
and thought of them merely as seeds.
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time:
"You've purchased a miracle here for a dime!"

You've a dime's worth of power which no man can create; You've a dime's worth of life in your hand. You've a dime's worth of mystery . . . destiny . . . fate, which the wisest cannot understand. In this bright little package -- now isn't it odd? You've a dime's worth of something known only to God!"

A dime for a package of seeds? Obviously, that poem was written many years ago by its anonymous author. But, whether its material value is a dime, a quarter, or a dollar, or a million dollars, that package contains a mystery known only to God.

It is said that our present age lacks a proper sense of awe and wonder for mystery. It is said that Modern Man has lost the capacity to dwell reverently on the mystery of a creative order grinding and groaning its way to fulfillment -- a fulfillment that transcends all human understanding. As the Apostle Paul has written, "No eye has seen and no ear has heard, things beyond the mind of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him" (I Cor. 2:9). It is said that today's people look ahead in terms of economic and financial security, but little else.

The former President of the New York Academy of Sciences1 once illustrated the mathematical calculations of chance as follows:

Suppose I were to take ten pennies, number them from one to ten and give them to you to [...]

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