In class today, I explained the tradition of Moravian watchwords and passed the basket full of index cards around. Everyone got one, and several people commented that their watchword was especially appropriate for them. There are lots of cards left, so I'll be bringing them in over the next couple of weeks to give anyone who didn't get one a chance to get one. Any that are still left over, I'll save for next year.
Since I did not attend a Moravian service today (I was hoping to go to the local congregation after Sunday School, but I've still been feeling a little sick), I didn't get a watchword like I did last year when I attended a service at Raleigh Moravian. It feels kinda weird picking one out of the ones that Mrs. Mellow and I prepared, but I'm going to go do that now.
[drmellow goes upstairs and picks a watchword.]
My watchword for the year is Romans 8:25 -- "If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience." The Daily Text paired it with wonderful hymn:
God sent his Son, they called him Jesus,
he came to love, heal and forgive;
he lived and died to buy my pardon,
an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because he lives I can face tomorrow,
because he lives all fear is gone;
because I know he holds the future,
and life is worth the living just because he lives.