St. Pats, Savannah and Departures

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and ceremonies are starting this weekend. Savannah will have hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to town for the celebration. This year’s ceremony may be the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America. There will be almost a million people here. I will be 50 miles away and that will be close enough.

I know little about St. Patrick’s Day. The entire Mardi Gras, Lent, Easter, etc. puzzle me.  I don’t understand the mishmash of images. Green plastic hats, drinking songs, drunkenness, vomiting and urination in the streets, public nudity, beads, ash on the forehead, green water, hangovers, arrests, fights, giving up things for one day and an early morning church service.

What does any of this have to do with Scripture? NOTHING. It is the polar opposite of Scripture and is completely nonsensical. I want nothing to do with it. God calls us to righteousness, not debauchery in his name.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)

One of our young ladies announced that she was moving back home and that was sad news. When you work in a military congregation you say goodbye a lot. But it is never easy. We have lost a lot of folks in the past year and we hope that the Army will bring us some new ones soon.

In our study tonight, we went from Revelation 19:9 to 20:5. We are enjoying the study immensely. It is sad that it is almost over.

I want to thank all of you for reading our scribblings and for being a faithful visitor to the Fellowship Room.


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