Obsessed by Grace

Many years ago, I’ve forgotten where and when, I was talking with a woman I had just met. I happened to mention that I am Lutheran and work for a Lutheran church. Her reply gave me pause. “Oh, you Lutherans, constantly confessing your sins. You’re obsessed by sin!” Her remark was rude and dismissive, and I remember being rather defensive. I told this story to Gretchen Pierskalla, our former children’s education director, several years later. With her trademark enthusiasm she effused, “No we’re not! We’re obsessed by grace!”