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Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Eph 5:1-2 NIV
As I was trying to decide on what to write for the March newsletter it struck me that Easter is fast approaching! As a matter of fact this Wednesday is “Ash Wednesday” initiating the official “Lenten” season. Also, since we have been far too “serious” lately, I decided to search for a humorous story to share. I think I found just the one; I hope it does not offend anyone, besides it is a “joke!”
An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers.
The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone.
An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more.
This happens yet again.
The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the Man Who Orders Three Beers.
Finally, a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town. "I don't mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers?"
'Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replies, "You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America, and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond."
The bartender and the whole town was pleased with this answer, and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet, even to the extent that out-of-towners would come to watch him drink.
Then, one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening - he orders only two beers. The word flies around town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers.
The next day, the bartender says to the man, "Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know-the two beers and all..."
The man ponders this for a moment, then replies, "You'll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well... It's just that I, myself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent."
Lent has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Catholic and other liturgical denominations. Although we here at UBPC do not usually stress the Lenten season, some of you may take it quite seriously. Lent is a time preceeding Easter that was established for believers to follow in Jesus’ suffering and sacrifice. Many people over the centuries have given up everything from cigarettes to gambling, stake to alcohol and TV to gossip! If you would like to consider giving something up over the next 40 days let me leave you with some suggestions offered by Pope Francis. May God bless all as we strive to honor Him!
Peace & Love: