UpBeat Spiritual Living: Church Squirrels
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved.
There were five houses of religion in a small town: the Presbyterian Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church, the Catholic Church, and
the Jewish Synagogue. Each property was overrun with pesky squirrels.
One day, the Presbyterian Church called a meeting to decide what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and consideration they determined that the squirrels were predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with God’s divine will.
In the Baptist Church the squirrels had taken up habitation in the baptistery. The deacons met and decided to put a cover on the baptistery and drown the squirrels in it. The squirrels escaped somehow and there were twice as many there the next week
The Lutheran Church got together and decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creation. So, they humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.
The Catholic Church took bold action. They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.
The Synagogue solved the whole problem: they took one squirrel and had a short service with him involving circumcision, and they haven’t seen a squirrel on the property since.
This story is funny partly because it speaks to the cultures within different faith communities. It’s also funny because it speaks to the familiar tenacity and willfulness of squirrels. Metaphorically speaking, what “squirrels” do you have in your life, and how do you try to deal with them? Whatever strategies you use, remember that 1 Corinthians 13:13 offers:
…and the greatest of these is love.
Within your own style, treat your “squirrels” with love, and perhaps you’ll see them, pleasantly, more often than Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter.
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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