Ring Around the Roses, Pocket Full Of Posies

June 25, 2015

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Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man [Adam], and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned.

~Romans 5:12, NRSV


 Death is a debt we all must pay.

~Euripides [Greek Poet]

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As a small child, I sang “Ring Around The Roses, pocket full of posies, Upstairs, Downstairs, we all fall down”. When we played, we held hands, formed a circle and danced around as we sang the rhyme, when you heard the word “down”, you fell to the ground or floor as quickly as possible. The last one to fall was considered a rotten egg. They say this rhyme was written during the Black Plague [1665 in England]. They did not know the cause of the plague but thought that it had something to do with clean air because sneezing and coughing always preceded death. People put rose petals in their pockets hoping that the fragrance from the flowers would drive away the bad air. The original version actually went like this: “Ring around the roses, pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down”. On the last verse “Atishoo” [sound of a sneeze replaced the word ashes]. They burned all the bodies during the plague, thus the ashes. In a manner of speaking, we are still filling our pockets with posies like money, plastic surgery, health foods or what have you are not going to prevent our appointment with physical death. The greater sin is not to fear physical death but to deny its reality. Since it is inevitable, would it not be wise to be prepared?

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  • Wednesdays are busy days; so I have made a habit of going back in the archives and pasting an old blog. The above was written December 11, 2011.
  • Gary Garner is in UAB. LORD willing, I will be going down this morning. Carman Livingston is still at DGH with a bad fluid problem and Preston Grammer is also at DGH with a staff infection. I am asking you to pray about all three of these situations. Pray for Joe David and myself: I’m going one way and he is going the other.
  • We had a GREAT SERVICE last night: no one had as much fun as I. The music on Wednesday night is awesome. The guys are relaxed and they create. Pray for David and Rebecca, they leave for vacation on Friday.
  • Jason is going to let me teach his class again this Sunday. I am looking forward to teaching David Wood. He was out of town last week.


Keri and Kane

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