October 19, 2008

Thumbs Up

I went to lunch with a bunch of colleagues at work to celebrate a birthday. Mind you, most of these colleagues are ordained pastors. Since the rest of the time they “pray for pay,” no one pounces on the chance to offer grace before the meal when we all gather. So the game is when the first food is served, fists go on the table with thumbs pointed up. The last one to notice and act has to offer the blessing. That’s right: the loser has to talk to God. Honestly, I think God gives it a thumbs up.

11 comments:

Patricia said...

Oh this is so funny, I love it! It reminds me of some card game I used to play. I don't remember much about it, other than it goes fast and when the first person is about to go out, they put their finger to their nose. Others follow suit until there's one person who is the last to notice and then that person's out. Or something like that.

But I think it's stuff like this that makes God laugh. And we all know that He has a sense of humor. I mean, what else explains things like armadillos and anteaters?

Abinas C. N. Jagernauth said...

"Pray for pay" - that's funny. As for the loser having to talk to God, I don't think he minds as he will talk to just about anyone.

Doug said...

Actually I find that pathetic. People who are supposed to be the true believers. I guess I'm taking it too seriously, but after reading about Prop 8 in California and Prop 2 in Florida (where I live), and the growing prospect of the religious right forcing their hypocritical dogma on us, pastors who make a game out of prayer piss me off.

I'll play the game, but it won't be my thumb going up in the air.

Birdie said...

Doug, the game is just for fun; the prayers are heartfelt.

the hobbit said...

"Pray for Pay" officially rules. Love it.

Paul said...

What a great tradition!

Me Online said...

That's great! Christianity is suppose to be joyful. It's in the bylaws. :) I'm sure that anyone there truly minds they are just being polite. God loves to see his children having fun and getting along. Remember.....He's a Father.

Java said...

The hobbit likes "pray for pay" ( so do I) but I recall he once claimed to be Episcopalian by paycheck.

I find this very amusing.

Roxrocks said...

This is funny!

What do they do when the bill comes?

tornwordo said...

The loser says grace? Hilarious. I'll have to do that when I go home this year.

David said...

How odd.

In Judaism, grace is a communal prayer said by all.