16 thoughts on “Morning devotion

  1. Collette

    I once wrote a blog post similar to this once! oh gosh. I will look it up and post a link! but not tonight. too tired. but YES! coffee I love you.

  2. Ang

    I can honestly say that that does not apply to me. I haven’t had coffee for more than 16 years and even then, it wasn’t (for me) all everyone makes it.

  3. Ang

    P.S. thought I should add that I realize this was in humor (only wanted to point out it’s not true for all of us)

  4. Marc

    This is a *comic*, remember. Of course we’re not all the same and we don’t all drink coffee, but I think the cartoonist still makes a point (and a funny one at that).

  5. Linea

    Well, I believe I wrote about this once – a poem. Not so much humor as truth. So I sort of like this cartoon – to a coffee addict it is truly funny.

    And my poem – Best Friends Talking

    The aroma of coffee fresh brewing
    Will be forever morning sunshine
    And the Good Book read.
    Best friends talking
    The day waiting to be embraced.

  6. Collette

    Toni, perhaps I don’t understand you, but did you really think this was a serious post?

    I get the sense that if one is deeply religious, they cannot have much of a sense of humour.

    there was one post where Marc had to defend the word “sonofabitch” in the Carnation Milk poem. there was one comment once where someone said they look forward to (or would miss; I can’t recall) Marc’s unconventional view on things. and he questioned them on that, but if there was a reply I didn’t happen to see it.

    I’m not just trying to stir the pot — I just really don’t get why being silly seems to be so “unconventional” in the Christian world. have I misunderstood? am I making mountains out of molehills?

  7. Marc

    Collette: I don’t think humour and silliness is unconventional at all in the ‘Christian world’. I think humour and laughter and silliness are as much a gift from (and back to) God as, say, prayer or helping those in need. It can be a great form of worship, I think.

    Of course, there are some that read this blog who will disagree with me, and that’s OK.

    Part of the problem is that much is ‘lost in translation’ online, as you are probably aware. Communication by blogging isn’t always the most effective.

    And it also seems that in the blogging world it’s those who disagree or are more likely to have a strong opinion who speak up (I include myself in that category)–those who agree or are more easy going are less likely to speak up on blogs. So the picture presenting by the discussion on a blog may be very one-sided.

    Also, there is a range of belief and practice (of non-essentials, at any rate) within the umbrella of “Christianity” and *some* of that is shaped by tradition and some of it by experience and some of it by personality (and so on)–which is why you have some who are, for example, free with their language and humour and others who are more reserved.

    Read the Nicene Creed (from A.D. 325/381) and you will see what is more or less universally believed by Christians. Outside of that there is great variety.

    (That was probably more of an answer than you were looking for.)

  8. Toni

    Collette – as Marc said, much is lost in translation on the net. That image might make you spontaneously laugh, but it made me thing “what is Marc trying to say now”?

    But you do know, don’t you, that humour is an invention of the devil to take us off our guard, and that we can only truly meet with God in reverent silence as we subjugate our sinful flesh to the greater will of Him who made us, kneeling before His altar.

  9. Marc

    Um… For clarification, the last bit of Toni’s comment is a joke. (at least I think and hope it is!)

  10. Collette

    oh no! delete that comment! I am too scared to find out what that url might lead to! I have no idea how that happened. anyway, here’s the real comment:

    hahah, yeah I got that it was a joke 🙂

    I guess I just got frustrated because I don’t see how the coffee cartoon could be anything but about coffee. and the underlying sentiment with the Carnation Milk poem discussion still irks me.

    I believe that people worry about appearances far too much. it frustrates me.

    and the fact that in your first reply to me, Marc, that you think people would disagree that humour can be a great form of worship saddens me. it’s exactly the point I’m trying to make — why must life (and/or religion) be so serious? shouldn’t both be the pursuit of love and beauty? are love and beauty such serious things? and can they only be found by certain types of people?

    I admit I’m particularly sensitive to this sort of thing. I’ve fought stereotypes my whole life. I don’t feel like I’m an unconventional person, but so many other people feel that I am. it gets tiring explaining myself. the weight of the judgment of others is often too heavy for me.

    I appreciate the discussion.

  11. Toni

    “I’ve fought stereotypes my whole life. ………… it gets tiring explaining myself. ”

    Me too, except that I’ve known from childhood that I’m an unconventional person – children are not kind to those that are different.

    You said you had the sense that if one were deeply religious then they would lack a sense of humour. I think that is almost certainly true, but not true of those that know and love God (there is a deep and fundamental difference) but this is getting a little off topic.

    Regarding humour and worship, I’d say worship springs out of who we are and how we orient ourselves to God. Thus doing things – ordinary things – with a heart toward God would also be a form of worship as much as singing songs or playing instruments. They are different things, and create different forms of worship, but they are all still worship. I would be much less inclined to separate out a sense of humour from the rest of what we do as being special, but if God has humour (and I’m certain He does) then expressing it is expressing another piece of God’s character.

    As for the word you mentioned, why shouldn’t all forms of amusing, clever or witty crudity be acceptable to us? To me, we have a choice to make and a line to draw. Does humour redeem some things? No – to me it is like music, available to both good and bad use. Obviously plenty of church people feel differently, just as they do about fornication, theft and embezzlement.

    Sorry – going OT again. I wonder if we could do with a web forum somewhere.

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