Saturday, 2 May 2015

When a prayer went wrong

As reported by Simon Jenkins on the U.K. religious site "Reform"
"Someone recently sent me the story of a dear old saint (admittedly not the precise phrase used of her at the time) who habitually hijacked the church prayer meeting. Everyone’s heart sank whenever Agnes opened her mouth to pray, because she made it her business to thank the Almighty – at length – for everything in her life.
 Until one day, when she started off as usual: “I thank God,” she said, “for the beautiful weather we’ve been having, and I thank God for fellowship and friendship, and I give praise and thanks that we live in a land of plenty…” and so on and so forth.
After a solid 10 minutes, she moved on to thanking God for her house and its contents: “And I thank God,” she said, “for my dining room with its beautiful table, and I thank God for my wonderful fitted kitchen, but most of all I thank God for the little ray of sun that shines down my back passage.” At this point she faltered. And the vicar jumped in and said, very loudly and firmly: “Amen.” "

Pleasant company at lunch

I enjoyed lunch yesterday with dear friends Jack and Donna Chrisman, and Wes and Cindy Wasdyke.

It was a valedictory lunch before the Wasdykes return to their home in New Hampshire for the summer.

Jack and Wes are retired Priests.  

We agreed in advance that for the sake of our sanity, we would talk about anything but Church.

I was a wee bit concerned that conversation might lag, so I took with me a copy of my as yet unpublished magnum opus, with the thought that if necessary I could read from it aloud to stimulate conversation.

It wasn't needed.  (And we had a jolly good time).

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Wisdom from the Scriptures

Ecclesiastes 3  (Authorised Version/KJV)
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Monday, 27 April 2015

A Feline/Human conversation: Sunday 26th April 2015

FELINE: (Adelaide)    YOWL, YOWL, YOWL.

HUMAN: (jmp)  Why do you have to yowl? I give you everything you need, and more.


HUMAN:  Do you have to have the last word?


I  rest my case.