By Pastor Roger Lemke
Special to The Eagle
One of my fond childhood memories is my grandma's apron. I think she wore her apron from morning to night. That apron carried firewood, vegetables, eggs from the hen house, baby kittens and baby chicks. It was used to wipe my eyes, blow my nose or wipe away blood from a scratched knee, or wipe flour from her hands.
It was used to wrap around the hot skillet handle, or pick up the bread pans from the oven. The apron bore the scents of bacon, fried onions, fresh baked pies and the earthiness of the barn. Grandma's apron bore the scars, stains, soils and wear and tear of a life well lived.
I expect for many of you it is also true that your mother's apron was a symbol of a life of dedication, commitment, love, service, humility and sacrifice that made a family into a home blessed by God.
Jesus also wore an "apron" of sort on Maundy Thursday, when He insisted upon washing His disciples' feet and drying them with a towel tied around His waist. Jesus wore an "apron" to be a good shepherd and a good servant to His disciples. On the night before He was crucified Jesus "aproned up" before He "offered up." Therefore Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd and the good shepherd lays down His life for His sheep" (Jn. 10:11).
I remember as a boy returning from school after football or baseball practice seeing my aproned mother setting the dinner table and I'd exclaim: "I'm home!" Well, now she's home, and I look forward to that great reunion that will one day take place, and I know that it will be so, because my aproned shepherd says: "My loving kindness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your lives, and you will dwell in the house of the Lord forever" (Ps. 23:6).
Roger Lemke is pastors of Fishers of Men Lutheran Church on Pine Island.