The Unfettered Word

The 21st Sunday after Pentecost (C)

Sermon Text: 2 Timothy 2:1-13

Peace be unto you from our Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear Friends in Christ,

The letter was dated September 4, 1944. It does not have much on it, but then again, it didn’t have to. Its purpose was simply to leave some trace evidence… to let whoever found it know that the people listed on this note really existed… that they were there… at Auschwitz… in the Nazi concentration camp where over 1.1 million prisoners died.

The letter was found in a bottle hidden in a concrete wall. It bears the names, camp numbers and hometowns of seven young men, six from Poland and one from France, all between the ages of 18 and 20.

Clearly, there were those who never wanted this message to get out, but it did. It was proof of life.

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