Nothing ever interesting happens in this town. Every single day, we do the same thing. Nobody else really seems to mind doing the same thing every day. My mom and dad tell us that routines are good, well routinely. Our church always sings the same songs, prays for the same things, and stands and sits at the same time. It’s no wonder Jesus hasn’t come back yet, he’d probably be bored stiff.
The relentless predictability of small town life in Belliacre, MI is probably why my siblings and I are so into Truth or Dare. You never know what is going to happen in a good game of Truth or Dare. Secrets are uncovered, terrifying deeds are done...no wonder the grownups are always telling us to play something else.
In fact, the most epic thing to ever happen in the history of Belliacre was all because of a Truth or Dare game. It was my little brother’s fault. Most things are probably the fault of somebody’s little brother. But to be fair, I was the one who picked dare over truth. The dare in question was to sneak into the town reptile house and steal Mr. Samuel Skink’s eye patch.
TO Be Continued
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”
Have you ever been bored in church? What made worship boring? How can we balance the comfort that comes from routine with the need to keep alert and seek Jesus in our day to day lives?
Chapter 1 as read by Amelia Corbett
About the Blog
Journey through the season of Advent with daily updates on the adventures of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Belliacre, MI as they attempt to cobble together a Christmas Pageant with an unlikely cast of characters.
Stephanie is an art educator and a landscape/portrait artist. Her inspirations come from the amazing people she meets and the gorgeous state of Michigan as well as her home state of Florida. She and he husband love nature. They are out in the water during the summer months and on the snow in the winter enjoying the simple pleasures of life.