Tuesday, September 30, 2008

All Creatures of Our God and King

Yesterday while I was working in my office I heard a gun shot. It's an unmistable sound. I looked out my window and there were police officers everywhere. A crazed deer was injured and made its way to Bethel Church. It kept trying to jump out of the breezeway and kept hitting a wall. Officers relieved him of his misery.

Today the newspaper had a picture of the whole thing. One member commented that the Baptists had maimed the deer and it came over to the Methodist Church to seek refuge and, well...

Another emailed me that he would miss Wednesday night's meal but understood the menu had been changed to venison. Everybody's a commedian.

Just a few years ago, before I arrived, a deer broke through a window and ran down the main hall where it entered a Sunday School Class. The Youth Minister then commented to the Senior Pastor that he should preach a sermon to the deer and put him to sleep.

Today, all is well at Bethel Church. Everyone is a little shaken at the prospect of gunfire near us, but we'll survive.

This all reminded me of an something that I did when I was pastor at Clemson UMC. One Sunday I was preaching away about God's elusiveness. And, I told a story about hunting with these church members. They deposited me on a dirt road with my shotgun. They said: "Keep an eye out for the deer. We'll run any that we see this way."

A bit later, they all came running up in their trucks asking: "Did you shoot the deer." I said: "What deer?" I never saw a deer. They said: "It came this way."

I realize the obvious problem of talking about shooting a deer and shooting God. On the way out of church someone told me that in Sunday School that morning they talked about the National Park System and protecting wild life. Some days you can't win.

It is usually safe around here as we celebrate the gift of all creatures of our God and King.
Blessings on you!
Dave

1 comment:

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Thanks for checking out my blog. I'm new to this, as you can probably see. But, I, like you, have convictions and ideas worth sharing. I hope this will be an opportunity to connect with others who are Christian and/or religious. I am happily United Methodist. I am committed to the basic teachings of our church, and to the compassionate outreach to the world.

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