Confession:  I’m new to this blogging thing.  Confession:  I am a sinner.  And as Forest Gump said, “And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!” (For now at least)


I don’t recall where I was when “sinner’s row” popped into my head, but I know it resonated deep within me.  Perhaps it resonated with me because if there is any place I belong it is on sinner’s row. Perhaps you do too, but you make that decision!  For those who choose not to sit–God Bless!  For those who do choose to sit–God Bless!

Anyway, if you feel comfortable, come sit a spell. We’re not going to sit and swap sinner’s tales, even though 16th century Martin Luther said, “Be a sinner and sin boldly….” Oh and remember  St. Paul?         He confessed that he was the  “chief of sinners.”  And we?  Well, we all have our own and enough sins to go around!

So, here is what I propose we do (today, at least) as we sit on Sinner’s Row, let’s listen deeply to what W.H. Auden has written about the Three Wise Men (I know! I know! It’s not Epiphany):

“At least we know for certain that we are three old sinners,
That this journey is much too long, that we want our dinners,
          and miss our wives, our books, our dogs,

But have only the vaguest idea of why we are what we are.
To discover how to be human now
          is the reason we follow the star.”

— W.H. Auden, “For the Time Being, a Christmas Oratorio”

Oh, by the way,  Martin Luther not only said, “Sin boldly.”  He also said, “…Believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly!”

Welcome to Sinner’s Row!  Come sit a spell!