From the Editor

Flash in the Pan or shining moment?

Michael L. Sherer

Michael L. Sherer

God will remember us when others finally forget.

One late winter afternoon the members of the Metro Lutheran office staff studied the Minneapolis skyline in awe. The sun, descending out beyond Golden Valley, had set all the skyscrapers ablaze with golden light. It was an amazing sight.

Five minutes later the earth had turned and the same buildings had changed to dull blue-gray. It seemed hard to believe (with apologies to “Camelot”) that we’d experienced that one brief shining moment. It was equally hard to believe the moment had vanished so quickly.

There’s a parable here. In God’s grand economy, our lives are as brief, and as potentially spectacular, as that light show. We all get one brief shining moment to make a difference. God made us the way we are for a purpose, and, as Mr. Rogers liked to say, “likes us just the way we are.”

Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon died recently. The one-time Metro Lutheran Annual Dinner keynoter lived with conscience and conviction (refer to a story on page 3). Will we remember him 100 years from now? Perhaps not. But I can’t think of a finer contemporary American hero.

Another Paul died recently. The Rev. Paul Schuessler was a good friend of Metro Lutheran. He served Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul for over three decades and championed good art and architecture in worship spaces. Every month, after the paper appeared in print, he’d phone the editor and critique it. (The editor loved those phone calls. He learned some good theology in the process.)

How long will we remember the life of Paul Schuessler? Nobody knows. But God will never forget him. And, in our generation, we’ll remember the one, brief shining moment during which he served with us.

Andy Warhol once said each of us may get about fifteen minutes of fame. Some of us get more. Some of us will never get any. But, loved by our Maker “just the way we are,” all of us get one opportunity, one brief shining moment, to do something wonderful with and for God. That’s worth celebrating.