• Knowing Together

  • LEA Weekly Devotion

    TOGETHER series 2021–2022

    Week of August 7, 2022

     

     

    Knowing Together

     

    Some knowledge is worth a lot; other knowledge not so much. Some knowledge contributes to growth and well-being; others offer death and destruction. Lots of people have lots of knowledge; lots of people have little knowledge; some just think they have lots of knowledge; others think they can use as many semi-colons as they want in a sentence. (Experts say I can use as many as I want; so that’s what I know. Besides, semi-colons hold stuff together, and that’s the LEA Convocation theme.) (Beware—I love parentheses; they aid in my digression.) But I digress. (See.)

     

    Knowing things that you keep to yourself probably protects you from those who don’t like you, but healthy knowledge, ready for use, is good and serves more people than just yourself. The knowledge you seek to share in your classes or other ministries might better taught together with others (collaboration and conversations with colleagues) than alone. While unshared knowledge might seem protective (“Don’t teach them about dinosauers!), it prevents learners from knowing about and planning to address harmful information. (For example: “Dinosauers are German prehistoric creatures eaten with sour cabbage 65 million years ago.”)

     

    You teach the best knowledge; life-saving; comforting; way more valuable than a semi-colon or even correct spelling. The best knowledge to share with those you serve is right here:

     

    This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent—Jesus Christ — John 17:3.

     

    We have the privilege of living on the time line of eternal life. Ponce de Leon looked for it in a fountain and found only a few coins; maybe three? Some of the best educated scholars spend a lifetime researching and experimenting and writing theses (usually containing lots of semi-colons) about it.

     

    Our goal, as Christian educators in Lutheran ministries is this:

     

    May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me—John 17:21.

     

    We are here to tell others what we, by the power of the Holy Spirit working through the Word, learned about being together with Jesus and His whole Church on earth. And we’ll all be together the day Jesus returns. Now you know everything worth knowing— without a single semi-colon!

    Sing together: What do you know? Enjoy God!

    Summer Excursions: Overwhelmed and Add Missions  (Psalm 65 and Psalm 67 respectively;  2007)

     

    We invite you to read the LEA guest devotions.

     

    Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
    Director of Communications
    Copyright ©2022 Lutheran Education Association

    Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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