The Ten Commandments - Texas Style
Reflecting on the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany: One Day after Sunday (Year A)
Psalter: Psalm 119:9-16
Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-21
Epistle: James 1:2-8
Holy God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring healing to all wounds, make whole all that is broken, speak truth to all illusion, and shed light in every darkness, that all creation will see your glory and know your Christ. Amen.
Humor is a spiritual practice. Those who are truly the most pious enjoy laughter. Our daily reflection today involves some humor. How might different places and cultures express the Ten Commandments in their own verbiage. Below is just one example.
Cowboy’s Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, TX
(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No tellin’ tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’.
(5) Put nothin’ before God.
(6) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal.
(7) No killin.’
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don’t take what ain’t yers.
(10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.
How might folks put one or more of the Ten Commandments in local words?
PRAYER: God of every land and nation, you have created all people and you dwell among us in Jesus Christ. Listen to the cries of those who pray to you, and grant that, as we proclaim the greatness of your name, all people will know the power of love at work in the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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