The Morgan Church Devotional

a pastor's thoughts about...uhm...stuff

Location: Morgan, VT., United States

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Shadowboxing the Apocalypse

title from "My Brother Esau" by Barlow/Weir

we all have favorites. favorite cars, favorite songs, favorite ice cream flavors, favorite pasttimes...but do we or should we have favorite kids?

i have 1 favorite wife, 3 favorite kids, 132 favorite hymns and 6742 favorite bible verses. it's a running joke here about the hymns and verses as i'm always saying this one or that one is my favorite...for the record my real favorite hymn is "standing on the promises"...or maybe its...

i suppose it's perfectly natural to have favorites and we all do.

but in today's reading we see twin brothers who faught in the womb, a mother who loved favored one son and a dad who favored the other. the disfunction lasted all of their lives and, in fact, jacob did the same with his children and it caused them problems as well. i'm not saying the favored son thing caused all the problems but they certainly didn't help. the point is, everywhere we look there is strife. fighting. bickering. unhappiness.

whether it's a family or flat out war...everybody is shadowboxing the apocalypse...

"We shadowdance the silent war within.
The shadowdance, it never ends...
Never ends, never ends.
Shadowboxing the Apocalypse, yet again... Yet again.
Shadowboxing the Apocalypse,
And wandering the land. "


Anonymous nanamoose said...

I really do not think it is so much favorite child as there is one that you get along with better than the other. Personalities have alot to do with it I think. Although I have 1 favorite husband,2 favorite daughters, and 3 favorite granddaughters,2 favorite son-in-laws, and the list goes on with friends I could not live without and lots of lovable kids! But then you know I have one favorite little boy in blue pants. Got to love the little guy!!!!!

Blogger PMike. said...

1 favorite pastor...

Blogger PMike. said...

in the genesis passage it did talk about favorites...btw.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that we all have "favorites" it's hard not to...but what is important is to find something favorite in each childs personality and celebrate that especially when that child is behaving in the least favorite way. I have favorite "things" about each one of my gifts from God that makes them all my favorites for a varity of reasons.

Anonymous nanamoose said...

Yes 1 favorite pastor and 1 favorite pastors wife that went without saying silly


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