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The Peacock and the Popinjay


Give us this day, our daily bread.

It is said that pride goes before destruction. If this is true, then stand back because it's time for the fall. So sit back, relax, and enjoy another adventure of Peacock and Popinjay as they present a stereoscopic view of what goes on behind the closed doors our ego.

In today's episode we find our two fellows celebrating Christmas at home. Listen:

"Well a bright and beautiful morning to you Mr Popinjay. And might I say you are looking especially eloquent and fitted for the gay occasion."

"Thank you Mr Peacock, and I might reciprocate in kind. Such a special day is today. A day for sharing the benefit of one's life experience with those not so blessed. Ah yes, such a day."

"Indeed Mr Popinjay. And who would have more life experiences to share with others than someone of our ilk. We have been mightily blessed in the area of impirocisity if in none other. Wouldn't you agree Mr Popinjay?"

"Indubitably Mr Peacock. And what, may I ask, is the meaning of the word you used so eloquently?"

"I haven't the faintest idea Mr Popinjay. But doesn't it sound nice, and appropriate for the occasion?"

"It does indeed Mr Peacock. It does indeed. And what is in the meaning of a word anyway, as long as we have communication."

"Indeed Mr Popinjay. And speaking of communication, my duodenal region is telling me that it's time to partake of the epicurean delights as set forth on a delightsome table just for our culinary delight."

"Indeed Mr Peacock. And on that note I would like to interject a thought I have been entertaining for the past moment or so. It occurs to me that we, albeit understandably, have more than an adequate supply of nourishment. It has passed my mind that we might consider the sharing of our abundance with someone not as fortunate as we. Do you entertain any thoughts on my suggestion?"

"The thought has certainly crossed my mind Mr Popinjay. However I did not cultivate the thought for long because I can not imagine the likelihood of finding anyone worthy of our company. Do you not believe that being in the company of someone not of our ilk would detract from our own epicurean pleasure?"

"I have no doubt but such would be the outcome of such an endeavor Mr Peacock. But then, isn't the debasement of oneself and the sacrifice of one's pleasure part of the reason for such an endeavor?"

"An entirely adequate explanation Mr Popinjay. And with that, I will withdraw my objection. Shall we to the street and see if we might find such a one in need of our gracious hospitality?"

"Indeed Mr Peacock. To the streets we saunter."

"It does appear as if everyone is adequately cared for Mr Popinjay. Not a soul to be found upon the sidewalks of our fair city. It appears as if our generosity is not to be taken advantage of. I for one would like to confess that we have performed our Christian and civic duty merely by our willingness and our attempt. Shall we return to our abode and partake of the meal before it becomes overly chilled?"

"Indeed Mr Peacock. But if you will direct your attention to your right you will yet see a possibility of sharing our blessings. I spy a man, albeit a slovenly person by any catagorization, but a man nonetheless. What say we lower our standards to the floor and inquire as to his situation for the day? Perhaps we will find ourself fortunate and he will be indisposed and we will have done our duty yet not have had to sacrifice."

"I am at your disposal Mr Popinjay. You may take the lead."

"You there old fellow. Yes, I speak to you. It has come to our attention that we, that is my friend and I, have an overabundance of food on the table. And it appears as though you might be in a position to share our commodity. Am I correct in my surmising?"

"Well now, that's mighty thoughty of you I must say. Ain't many folks so willin' to share, especial' with one the likes of me. But I's afeared I's got ta' turn you boys down. I regrets to tell you that I has a pre-engagement with a mighty good friend a' mine, and I does not want ta' cause him no delays in our regular get-to-gethers. Ain't that so?"

"I'm sorry my good man. I'm afraid I can't answer that question. You see...."

"No fella, I ain't talkin' to you. I's talkin' to me friend here. An' he's agreed with me. As f'r food, I done found a disposed of ham sandwich someone done left on a park bench, so I's well provided for. Special day you know. Day my Lord done went and be borned."

"Yes, we know. But who may I ask is the one you were directing your inquiry to if not to me or Mr Popinjay?"

"Why, to the one who this here day is all 'bout a' course. I talks with Him regular like. That's the way of it you know? So, gots ta' go now folks. Sorrowful ta' let ya' down, but that's the way of it. You has yourself a mighty fine day, eat well, an' don't f'rget to remember what this here day is all about, an' who done gived you that fine table a' food you is about to partake of, hear?"

25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (Mat 6:)

37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Mat 22:)

32But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. (John 4:)




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