Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Reading Ahead -- Pentecost 3

We have some choices in this week's readings. In the interest of brevity, we are NOT reading Noah's Ark, but will hear from Deuteronomy instead.

I have to confess to having a problem with the Noah story anyway. Why is this a children's story? There are so many cute pictures, story books, toy sets with the ark and the animals ... but we are talking about a disaster that makes the cyclone in Burma look like an April rain shower. How is it a children's story when every person in the world gets drowned, except for Noah and his family? When every living creature, apart from the two of each kind on the boat, gets drowned? Think of the quantities of floating bodies of people and animals, bumping up against the sides of the Ark. Yuck!

How do you explain that part of the story to small people?

It's like my Old Testament professor said, "I'm sorry. The Bible is not for children."

Please remember in your prayers this week the people of Burma and also of China. Natural disasters continue to plague humanity, and we are so small and so fragile in the face of what our planet can dish out.

+ Kit

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