Thursday, April 15, 2010

People always crack up laughing when I give invocations.

I don't know if it is a good thing, or not, but I always feel led to add a humorous line in public invocations. Sometimes, I even sense the Lord laughing. I always prepare and practice before the Lord ahead of time, and often I sense a chuckle. As of yet, I haven't felt chastised for it, but, I stay open. Today, as is mostly the case, the background music was still playing at the restaurant, and I have grown accustomed to praying with music in the background. (It is also kind of our faith tradition, so it never bothers me, though our church background music is a little different than restaurants.) I met and ministered to some more great friends and reconnected with others. Public invocations (in my view) shouldn't be contentious, political, or judgmental, and not everyone agrees and that is a good thing. The funniest (actually not funny at all), was a restaurant owner who operated a bar and sold lots of liquor, met me at the door when I was leaving and severely chastised me for my style of praying. (It wasn't today.) He said my style of praying is the ruin of America. Seriously, it happened. He blamed me for the ills of America. Meanwhile he was selling and profiting from alcohol sales. I stopped discussing it with him, just chuckled and backed away quietly. Human nature does tend to blame others for whatever is going wrong, but I have a different approach. We all can do better at making our world a better place, and should do all things for the glory of God and the good of the world.

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