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“Whirling Chaff”

From Psalm 83
Verse 13
O my God, make them like whirling dust,*
like chaff before the wind.

Reading the Lectionary readings for today I came across this verse in the very first reading. It brought a grin to my face.

Lent continues. The Lord sends me out in my car almost daily, in spite of my best laid plans. I struggle to keep my resolution not to call – not to even THINK – bad names at the fools on the road who cause disruption, chaos and pain. It helps to have a substitute in mind, so I have something I CAN say instead of just struggling NOT to say the words that immediately come to mind.

The above verse will do nicely – don’t you think?

February 28, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Character, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Humor, Kuwait, Language, Lent, Living Conditions, Spiritual |


  1. Hahaa I think calling them “fools” is calling them names!

    Yes don’t we all struggle with the occasional road rage issues 🙂

    Comment by 7zaya | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. As Homer says “Doh!” :-/

    You are right, 7zaya. Oh, I am so embarrassed.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  3. ur giving up cursing at crazy drivers inside ur own car where they cant hear you for lent? WHY??!!!!?!!

    Comment by Mrm | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. those bloody chaffs!


    hehehe 😛

    Comment by sknkwrkz | February 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. Mrm, we choose a spiritual discipline as part of our Lenten sacrifice. Some people give up meat, or chocolate, or coffee – something that matters to them. Cursing at people, calling them names, even in my own car where they can’t hear me is something I believe is probably not good for my soul. It’s also very very difficult to give up something, and it makes me aware of how vulnerable I am to temptation.


    I know, it sounds cuckoo. Cursing at other people even in the privacy of my own car is something I really don’t want to do, so I choose Lent to get started. I am not entirely successful.

    SKUNK! Stop! Stop Skunk! You’re making me laugh. Stop! Stop! Now I can’t even call them chaffs without thinking of your comment.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 28, 2008 | Reply

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