Iron Sharpens Iron

I got thinking on that in the dark of the night.You recall Proverbs 27:17: As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  I had just been sharpened.

On Wednesday I enjoyed a four-hour gabfest with Bob Gilmore and Clyde Rogers at Sarah’s Table. Our conversation wandered all over the map—personal stories, theology, philosophy, history.   Bob had to leave in midstream, but Clyde and I hung on.

Hole News regulars know Clyde, the Sage of Juniata Street. A while back, I told Bob Gilmore’s remarkable story from his Thailand days. Getting together with those guys lit a fire and I’ve been aglow ever since.

Bob and wife Gayle are long-time Emmanuel Baptist friends.  Clyde will be installed as a member this Sunday. We talked about our beloved church and the search for a new pastor, but mostly we talked about everyday stuff, ranging from childhood to old age, from ancient times to our troubled present. We talked about different approaches to practicing religion.

We all agreed: For us, there is no sacred/secular divide; whether we play or pray, every moment is equally spiritual, We spread the gospel by being Christ-like with frequent opportunities to talk about our faith. 1 Peter 3:15 comes to mind. There’s a part of that verse many readers miss.

Clyde, Bob, Grandpa Lloyd: three ordinary guys filling different niches in Creator God’s plan. It’s strengthening to learn how God is at work through friends.  Iron sharpens iron.

Old Grandpa Lloyd