The Lady Will Take It
Originally scheduled for March 29
The story is an old and cherished one within
our family. Just after the end of World War II, my father and mother
were crossing the southwestern American desert. They stopped at a
little restaurant and gift shop in New Mexico. There my father
discovered a necklace that he thought my mother would like. He took
her over and showed it to her, and she immediately said no. It
wasn’t that the necklace wasn’t in fact lovely, it was that it cost
$25. That was a lot of money in those days. The two of them wandered
onto other things, but as soon as my dad could he went back to the
counter. He pointed out the necklace to the clerk, and said, “the
lady will take it.”
There are three things about that necklace that
I would bring to your attention.
First, it was by the standards of the
day very costly.
Second, by the standards of the day,
it was just so much decoration. It was probably overpriced.
Most important of all: it was an act
I bring this to your attention today so that,
in a small and humble way, you might see the sacrifice of His only
Son in this light. For the Father to sacrifice his only begotten son
is an extremely costly thing. That most of us recognize. But do you
recognize also that on the night after the crucifixion the world
would’ve had a reaction like, “what a waste!” It would seem to them
that the sacrifice produced little of value. It may even be seen
this way today. You can look at this and say God has sacrificed his
only Son, and for what purpose? He sacrificed one who has deserved
all honor and praise for the sake of one who is a sinner. You can
see that from the world’s point of view it makes no sense. And that
is the outstanding proof that this is the supreme example of God’s
love for us.
Every time my mother wore that necklace, even
after my father’s death, she was reminded of his great love for her.
My wife now has this necklace; more than ever it is a reminder of
So it is with us at communion. Every time we
partake, we remember. We remember the price that God the Father
paid. We remember how useless it seemed before the resurrection.
From the other side of the resurrection we see it as the sign of the
greatness and depth of the love of God.
How deep the
Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all
That he should give
his only son
To make a wretch his