The Reverend John Ohmer, Rector, The Falls Church Episcopal
Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent -- and for that matter Christian spirituality in general -- has two general messages.
On the one hand, there is the message or theme of sin, brokenness, and dis-ease…
…on the other hand, there is the message of forgiveness, grace, and healing.
Several years ago, I had an epiphany about people’s relationship with God, and these two themes. And the epiphany came not from a spiritual resource, but from some advice column, some very wise advice for retailers or restaurateurs oranyone who deals with customers or the general public.
The columnist said that whenever there is an aggrieved person, and you – as a retailer or restaurant owner or cashier – are dealing with that person, you need to realize there are two scripts.
One script – call it “script A” -- goes like this:
“I can’t believe this is happening!” “This is OUTRAGEOUS!” “I demand something be done about this!” “Nothing like…