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Streets of Gold

Because it is a time to be considering holy things, and because I was sent this in the mail this morning, and because we have been talking about the prophet Job/Ayoub, I will share this morning devotion with you:

Job 22:24-25. Assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines, then the Almighty will be your gold, the choicest silver for you.

A story tells about a rich man who pleaded with God to let him bring into eternity one suitcase full of his most valuable possessions. God finally conceded, and the man packed as much gold as he could into his biggest suitcase. When he arrived at heaven’s gates he was met by St. Peter, who opened the suitcase, curious to see what the man valued most.

“What!” St. Peter was incredulous; “You brought pavement?”

(For my Moslem readers: I don’t know why, it doesn’t say this anywhere in the Bible, except that Peter is given the responsibility for the building of the church and is often shown holding keys – like in the keys to the kingdom. Peter is often pictured in cartoons as the keeper of the gate into Paradise; he is portrayed as an old, bearded man with a long list in front of him, like who is naughty and who is allowed in. I know it might seem strange to you, but this is not considered offensive; it is an affectionate portrayal.)

August 28, 2008 - Posted by | Humor, Interconnected, Spiritual | , , ,


  1. As soon as you mentioned the cartoon reference it started to be clear lol. This is a great timing for what you wrote 🙂 As we embark into Ramadan, our fasting (and other religious activities) help us slowly let go of worldly material items. At least that is how I see it (partially). Thanks for that! 🙂

    Comment by N. | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. N. – I’m happy to see you! That is exactly what I thought when I read the anecdote – how we cling to those things which will be of no worth in the next world. Blessed Ramadan!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thanks, and to you as well! 🙂

    Comment by N. | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. hahahahaha love the story. For those who are curious, here is the passage in Matthew 16 that lays out Peter’s (originally named Simon Peter, just to make things a bit more confusing) role:

    13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?

    14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

    15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

    16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

    17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

    18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. Ah! Little Diamond – I learned something, too. Not all churches believe he was talking about Peter being the rock, the foundation, but as his declaration being the foundation. Those churches who do not support the apostolic succession think Jesus was referring to V. 16 as the rock and foundation. It also has to do with the name Peter meaning “small pebble” and not “rock” . . ., and him being hot headed and one of the least predictable in his behavior.

    And then there is the argument that God often chooses the imperfect to lead his causes (Moses who was a murderer and who stuttered, for example) so establishing a church on Peter is not so remote . . . interesting reading all the arguments.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 29, 2008 | Reply

  6. Interesting story…makes me wonder what kind of ‘pavement’ is in my suitcase

    Comment by Darya | August 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. Darya – Me too. 😦 And it doesn’t have to be material goods, it can be a suitcase full of pride, or resentment, or . . . . ?

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 31, 2008 | Reply

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