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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Luck had nothing to do with it: Friday July 13,2007

It took me quite a while to sift through all the information about Friday the 13th and why some consider it so unlucky.

In my (relatively cursory) research I discovered that there were more people who held some kind of superstitious belief about Friday the 13th in the US than in any other country.

Some say it is linked with the death of Christ on a Friday - and that there were 13 present at the last supper (well, until Judas left to go on his errand).

Others believe that it has it's ominous overtones because in some cultures both Friday and the number 13 are linked with women. There is the purported link of 13 with the number of Wiccan believers in a coven.

Being a practical person I know that there are 13 floors in some buildings, even if the number of the floors go from 1-12 and skip to 14.

There ARE very real things that could strike fear into our hearts.... is Friday the 13th (no matter how many gruesome horror movies are made as sequels) one of them??? Luck will have little to do with whether you get through this particular day "unscathed" by some calamity. Some things happen or they don't. If they do happen, it is nearly always for a solid reason.

I do not suggest that you walk under any ladders or harrass a black cat (although that cat might annoy you). Throwing salt over your shoulder only creates a mess that has to be cleaned up later. These are less superstition than common sense. I will also de-bunk another superstition. Being the target below of an airborn or stationary bird relieving itself is not good luck. It's just another mess to clean up........a rather unpleasant mess, at that.

So say your prayers - just like you would any other day - and go out there and win another one for the Lord. Who knows.... maybe evangelism, spoken or in action, will be a bigger draw than a rabbits foot on Friday the 13th!


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