Thursday, March 15, 2018

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Frozen Peaches and Cream

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion at the end of the devotion, on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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Mark 8:31-38

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things."

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

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Frozen Peaches and Cream

In the musical Sweet Charity, a group of women envision the future of their dreams in the following song:

Baby, 
Dream Your Dream.
Close your eyes and try it.
Dream of furniture;
Dream that I can buy it.
That fancy bed you prayed for, 
Not only bought but paid for.
Dream we sign the lease,
Leave a small deposit;
Three and one-half rooms 
With a walking closet.
We'll ask the local Jet-set
To dine on our dinette-set
Right across the street, 
There's a friendly bank.
You make a friendly loan,
And the bank says: "Thank you."
Ev'ry Saturday, 
We'll spend all our money.
Join the P.T.A.;
They will love you, honey.
Life will be frozen peaches and cream.
Baby, dream Your Dream.

You see for them, frozen peaches and cream sort of symbolizes their hopes.

And I’ll tell you, sometimes Christians carry those same expectations into their lives as followers of Jesus. But of course, that’s not how Jesus described the Christian life. Instead, it involves self-denial and self-sacrifice. It demands that we put ourselves last when we’d rather be first and to give when we’d prefer to get. In a word, being a follower of Jesus Christ is tough. And so, even though God’s love is constant and nothing in all creation can separate from his love, if you’re looking for a life of frozen peaches and cream, you better follow someone else.


Below is the song "Dream Your Dream" from which the line "frozen peaches and cream" was taken.


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