Bluegrass Purgatory and White Robes
My FaceBook ‘Song of The Day’ was ”The Old Camp Meeting Days’ by Jim and Jesse. I think we should be thankful for the new that is good (like modern cataract surgery) but still embrace the old ways we don’t need to lose.
I thought about ‘White Robe’ too. You need to hear my little pal Brooke Aldridge sing that one sometime. I am not a theologian by any stretch, but I know you can’t get into Heaven on good works alone. I’ve tried to live right the best I can but have failed many times. On my own I fear the best I could do is scratch my way into Bluegrass Purgatory. (Down in the laundry in charge of the White Robes, but not allowed to wear one.)
One of my worst faults is stubbornness and being slow to forgive. I’m not too bad about it if people are mean to me, but if they are mean or disrespectful to my people I go into a tailspin and figure out all sorts of ways to trip them up.
Sometimes I think the best way to defuse them is to say, “You sure have been mean. I want you to leave my people alone, but at the same time I pray you will find peace and happiness.” I don’t have many enemies, but I do get around to praying for them over time. I am just too slow about it.
Oh well, I guess none of us live up to His standards. So today my prayer is for the people who have been mean to my family and friends. I want them to leave my people be, but I still hope they can find their way to happiness. I don’t deserve a White Robe, but know I can have one if I am sorry for what I do wrong. At the same time I’m only human. When I don’t get it right all I can do is shrug my shoulders, ask for forgiveness, and move on.
I’d send a message that my coat size is 44 long but He already knows that. I didn’t earn it but I believe He’ll wrap it around me anyway.
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