Otto often is with me on Fridays in my office at home where I write my sermons. There, as he has been here, I find Otto as something of a muse. Of course he doesn’t have anything to say, but I often find myself asking him what he thinks of an idea I’ve had or something I’ve just written. I have to admit based on the conversations that have gone on between us, Otto is responsible for some of my best work.
I’m impressed by Otto’s insights. He has a pretty laid back attitude and yet he’s not shy about helping me to understand what he is thinking. This is especially true around 4 o’clock when I get a little restless and Otto expresses his thought that the best thing I could do to help the process is to go for a walk and have him come along for support.
The truth is Otto is a real support to me in this time of sequestering myself in order to ponder and reflect about our upcoming fall worship. All of us from time to time have needed some sort of aid or help or assistance with the thoughts and contemplations that matter the most to us. Often these musings are much too important to keep to ourselves and yet they are also so intimate that it is difficult to trust to just anyone.
I’ve come to trust Otto. Although I recognize he has a very vested interest in my believing that a walk will cure all the ills of my stagnant thinking, I believe he cares about my wellbeing and happiness. I hope you have somebody like that.
And so this fall, when in the middle of a sermon you may wonder where did he come up with that idea, I want you to consider the possibility that it came from Otto. This would be especially true when I begin to talk about how good it is just to be together with someone for whom you care deeply and just want to hang out with…particularly on a walk.
Keep the Faith,