Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Jack’s Winning Words 10/6/15
“I found God at the corner of First and Armistad…smoking his last cigarette.”  (The Fray)  What if you saw this song in a church hymnal?  It does have a religious message.  “God, where were you when we needed you?”  There’s frustration when good things don’t seem to happen to good people.  But, God is always there for us, seen or unseen, at First and Armistad, or wherever you and I might be.  As an aside, some see the song’s “God” as a metaphor for society.   ;-)  Jack

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  you are into the fray these days!====JACK:  Two references makes me "into"?  I'm into good quotes, especially the one I used today...which shows that God can meet people anytime, anywhere, in any disguise.  I also try to connect with a variety of age groups.

FROM TAMPA SHIRL:  Thy will be done.====JACK:  ...on earth, as it is in heaven.

FROM INDY GENIE:  I like that line...it's a little bit sassy and a good reminder:)====JACK:  Is it possible that God might act "sassy" at times...in order to get his message across?

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  Friend of mine once said, "If God wanted me to smoke, he'd have put a chimney in my head."====JACK:  Phil Harris used to sing..."Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette  Puff, puff, puff and if you smoke yourself to death  Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hate to make him wait  But you just gotta have another cigarette."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  What an interesting concept...Can't imagine God as a smoker, even to attract the hoy polloi of us, but who knows ?! Our restrictions are certainly not  God's. Just read Philip Yancy's book, "What Good Is God?" where he likens the 12 step program for alcoholics and .addicts to "church" for them...more meaningful than "regular" church to most of them. We can all learn new things and ways to bring God to life for those who seek or need.====JACK:  If you have a hard time picturing God as a smoker, read Philippians 2.  How about God "lowering" himself to become human?  Having said that…I, too, have trouble picturing Jesus smoking a cigarette…Or, how about the recent discovery of "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife?"  Can you picture that?

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