Rev. Scott's Letter, March 27
Delivered By
Rev. Tom Scott
Delivered On
March 27, 2020
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MARCH 27

One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 15:15:

“All the days of the afflicted are evil; but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast”.

This simple declaration tells the truth. Hard times are hard times for the great and the small, for Prime Ministers and poor people. Where the four horsemen of the apocalypse ride, humanity groans.

BUT, those who have faith, hope, and trust, who see better times will come, who carry their optimism like a lamp unto their feet (as psalm 119:105 puts it), these people are blessed indeed. They are blessed in the moment because they do not feel overwhelmed by the moment. As a preacher in a novel I once read put it, “no Christian is ever ‘under the circumstances’.” This does not mean we are better or safer or stronger than others, it means that wherever we are in this life—in whatever circumstances—we are not simply relying on our own resources, left to our own devices.

I begin with this affirmation of faith because I now want to become a bit silly and frivolous. Why? Because I hope to raise a smile, a giggle, a chuckle, guffaw, chortle, snicker, or a plain old laugh today. Don’t know about you, but I can use it.

Do you know there are Bible jokes? Not to discount Ephesians 5:4 (abstain from coarse humor), there is a tradition, especially in Sunday schools, of making pun-jokes from the Bible. The fancy term for this kind of humor is paronomasia (word humor, from which we get the term ‘pun), and it is an old and famous tradition in literature. Shakespeare buffs can list hundreds of examples, perhaps the most famous of which is the opening line of “Richard III”:

“Now is the winter of our discontent

made glorious summer by this son (sun) of York.”

And of course, there’s the silly one we all tell about the three pieces of string that walk into a bar...

Here are a few old bible chestnuts I used to use with my children, (it helps to read these aloud):

Who was the shortest man in the Bible? Well, it was either Knee-high-miah or Bildad the Shu-hite

When does baseball get played? In the Big-inning

Who makes the morning coffee? Bible says, He-brews

What was the name of Jeremiah’s horse? Isme—he is always saying, “Woe is me”

Who was the first business woman? Pharaoh’s daughter—she went down to the river Nile and found a little profit (Prophet-Moses)

Who was the straightest man? Joseph, because Pharaoh made him ruler over all Egypt

Who was the meanest man before he got married? Boaz, because he was Ruth-less

There are literally dozens of these silly jokes. Some of you know others. We can do worse than share silly jokes with each other today.

I hope I got at least a grin from each of you.

Please be safe and mindful today, and be of good cheer.

 
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