It was Christmastime in the second-grade classroom. The teacher had given the students a coloring sheet of a reindeer. The students would color it, and then get to put it on the wall to decorate the classroom. One boy in the class, though, was not aware that the artwork was to be displayed. He was more interested in drawing tanks on the back of the paper. By the time he realized what was going on, his paper was marred with battle scenes and soldiers. He was embarrassed. He hoped to get a new sheet. He wanted things to be right again.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.