Paying Homage

whaleThe carcass of a 40-foot gray whale, weighing perhaps as much as 30 tons, is making quite a stink as it rots on a popular California beach. Authorities are trying to decide what to do with the massive remains. Meanwhile, curious gawkers have come from miles away to see the strange sight. Most have positioned themselves upwind to avoid the powerful stench of the decaying beast.

Cynthia Stern of Santa Monica drove 75 miles to place a flower by the whale. She said, “You should be paying homage to such creatures that are so intelligent and so wonderful. You could start to feel the positive energy as you walked down the beach. Even though it’s a carcass, it’s profoundly positive—and anyone who went there is blessed.”

It seems odd to pay homage to a dead whale and perceive that one could somehow experience blessings for doing so! It makes much more sense to pay homage to a crucified, yet living Savior. The blessings we receive from Jesus are not imaginary—they are quite real!

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”—1 Corinthians 11:26.


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