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Lessons from Literature: Winnie the Pooh

“Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
Sing Ho! for the life of a Bear!
I don’t much mind if it rains or snows,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice new nose!
I don’t much care if it snows or thaws,
‘Cos I’ve got a lot of honey on my nice clean paws!
Sing Ho! for a Bear!
Sing Ho! for a Pooh!”
Winnie-the-Pooh chap 8

Winnie the Pooh was a great work of A. A. Milne and I imagine the author had a warm grin across his face as he created him.

I wonder if Milne created Pooh to pass on that grin to his readers, to bring warm cheer into the world, ’cause that’s just what he’s done.  (Plus made a fortune for Disney, but that’s another story. 🙂 )

You’re a great work of God’s, too, Christian.  His poem.  That’s what the word “workmanship” means in the verse below ~ poem

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works..” Ephesians 2:10 

light and cheer, that’s what we’re created for in Christ Jesus…

“You are the light of the world.”  Matthew 5:14

“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

And, do you know, God made the same comforting promise to us that Winnie the Pooh made to Christopher Robin ~~

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in you heart, I’ll stay there forever.”  (see John 14:16-17)  Christ in our hearts ~~…Christ in you, the hope of glory…”  Colossians 27 Is your heart empty?  Would you like to be a poem?  Click here to meet your Author,  and then “keep him in your heart…forever.”

Lessons from Literature: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

“Lo! I tell you a mystery.”  1 Corinthians 15:51RSV

Sherlock Holmes loved a mystery, or, should I say, a mystery solved.  With help ( or the lack thereof)  from his crime-solving side-kick, Watson, Holmes solved the most befuddling mysteries with exacting patience.

And no amount of protestations from shifty-eyed suspects could deter the funny-hatted sleuth as he routed out the facts~~ “I interfere whenever and whereever I like…” he stated with calm firmness in “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

Well, I present to you today a mystery so obvious even fumbly- bumbly Watson could solve it: (clue: click on highlighted words for Bible references.)

Who  loves you more than you love yourself?

Who, although he had commited no crimes of his own, paid the penalty for

 ALL of yours?

Who, although He existed in the form of God…took on the humblest form of a man – a slave,  and became obedient even so far as to die on a cross?

And, because of these crimes of passion, at the very mention of whose  name shall every knee bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord?!

It’s no mystery!  It’s Jesus, the One and Only !!!

Elementary, my dear Watson!

The “Who-Dunnit” Prayer:  Father in heaven, it’s a mystery to me why you love me so.  The sins that drove you to the cross were my own.  Who dunnit?  Me!  But now I’m free.  And who did that?  You!  Thank you!  I can only deduce that You are wonderful!  In Jesus’ name, amen.