Go and Do …

image“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything?” James 2:14

In the late 1960s, I marched with brothers and sisters of my home church, Memorial Lutheran in Nevada, Iowa, from the church building where I knelt to receive my first communion and knelt again to seal my wedding vows, to a new church building about a mile away. This was not a protest march, but one that showed how an active congregation had outgrown one facility and took on a huge debt to provide room for more people to worship.

When I walked through the door to the sanctuary, the first thing I saw was a long, colorful banner adorning the wall behind the altar. The words at the center of the banner remain imprinted in my mind: “In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the road of action,” along with the words in large print: GO and DO.

I always thought this quote came from the book of James. However, I find it was written by Dag hammarskjôld in his book “Markings.” He explained HOLINESS not a state but a journey; not private but social, and not passive but active.

Perhaps Dag hammarskjôld borrowed the concept of faith and holiness from the book of James.

I visited Memorial a year ago, and the banner remains on the wall where it proclaims the mission of the church.

Lord, help us remember faith drives good works. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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