The following excerpt is from a sermon Dr. Dale Meyer preached at the opening service of the 175th academic year at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The sermon is published in the Concordia Journal/Fall 2013, pages 271-272.
“I’m told this is a true story. An elderly man was dying. Fortunately his children were able to come to his death bed. One child came in and the elderly man said, “Son, daughter,” whichever it was, “your mother and I are so proud of you. You’ve done well in life, have a fine family but most important of all you have not left your Lord or your church. When you were little and it was bedtime, we used to say, ‘Good night,’ not ‘Good bye’ because we knew we’d see each other in the morning. And now I say, ‘Good night’ because we will see each other again.’ A second child came in. The same conversation: “You have done well, but most important of all you have not left your Lord or your church. ‘Good night,’ not ‘Good bye.’” Finally a third child came in. “Your mother and I are so proud of you. You’ve done well in life, have a fine family but we are so grieved that you have left your Lord and your church. And now I have to say, ‘Good bye’ because we will not see one another again.” And as the story was told to me, that night he died. Many in the church would say, “How sad, how terribly sad about that child.” No, no, no! The passion of Concordia Seminary is, “Let’s go out and find that child.” Let your passion be to go out in your generation and find all those children. What a great time to get into the ministry! Light from above, laser our hearts! Amen.