Many years ago we were sitting in church with our friends during the Christmas season. It was a special evening program for all ages and our oldest son, at the time about 8 years old, was telling us that earlier that day the children had all made Christmas cards for the pastor of our very large church.
When the pastor came out he was holding a card in his hand at which our son said excitedly, “Hey, the pastor has my card! I can tell by the drawing I did on the back of it!” We were to discover our pastor had decided to start the evening service with a little humor. He advised the congregation that the children had all given him Christmas cards after morning service and he was hoping that they would enjoy one card in particular. None of us had any idea what he had written, so he began:
“Roses are red, violets are blue, it’s snowing outside and in here too!”
To which there were gales of laughter. At the time I sort of laughed but was more mortified than amused. My friend sitting right next to me could not stop giggling for the longest time. Even when the service started, I could see her body shaking in the laughter she kept trying to stifle, then I started giggling as well. We were both trying to keep our composure while the sermon was being preached. We kept setting each other off. I don’t remember when we finally managed to get it together and put our attention back on God! After the evening program I tried to explain to my confused son why everyone had such a good laugh at his expense.
It’s a Way of Life
I always ponder why Christ was such a threat to those in power.
He stood for peace, He healed the sick and taught the multitudes to treat others as they wish to be treated. He told us to forgive our enemies and pray for those that use us. He told us that our Father in heaven would do to us what we do to others. He never tried to overthrow man’s kingdoms on this earth yet by speaking the truth brought condemnation to the evil ones who love positions of power. He said He did not come to condemn the world but stated that by speaking truth, He removed the cloak from those with sin and that is why they hated Him so much.
Jesus warned those who pick up their cross to follow Him that the world will hate them and to remember that it hated Him first.
Jesus built no churches, He walked in the Word of God everyday and was obedient even unto His chosen death.
Jesus told us that if we truly love Him, we will keep His commandments of loving God and loving our brother.
Love is undeniably the only hope the world ever had and this is why Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one can get to the Father but by Him.
Another Saint Patrick’s Day has passed and since I don’t drink, no pesky hangover this morning. I no longer own any green apparel. The only green things I have, besides my houseplants, are two items given to me many years ago. One from a co-worker and one from a student of mine that I’ve combined and wear if I leave the house that one day a year, March 17th. I hear rumors I am part Irish, but only know about my Scottish roots for sure. I do not partake in celebrating this day myself. I’m more a Christmas person as far as Christian holidays go.
To my recollection, Saint Patrick was a Catholic Saint that established the first Christian Church in Ireland. There were several rumors as to his driving out of all the snakes in Ireland and of giving a sermon using the “three-leaf” shamrock to explain the holy trinity. I think the snakes were eating too many of the shamrocks. Not sure of the authenticity to either of these stories.
After Saint Patrick’s death in 461 BC they declared the day he died a Christian holiday in which the people’s were allowed to eat meat and drink during the Lenten holiday. Hence all the binge drinking the entire day for some and the celebratory parades in honor of Saint Patrick. When I was young I just took it for granted that people celebrated holidays in the manner of the person they were celebrating and hence this saint must have hit the sauce pretty hard in his day. Not the case at all.
Where am I going with this post? I am still trying to figure out how gay pride parades have anything to do with a Christian Saint. But then what does binge drinking have to do with him as well? It is a confusing world that will only become more so as people decide to do whatever they wish without regard for others. This is why Jesus preached about the Golden Rule. Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. This is the only way our world will survive. Doing God’s will.
Does this look funny to you?