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The Many Funny Faces of the Season

The Intermountain News of Burney, California

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I do not often get under the weather; as tall as I am my head is usually in the clouds. My head was stuffed and every other breath I took I had a sneezing fit. I felt miserable. I looked miserable. I know this because The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage said, "You look miserable."

I vaguely remember my wife saying something to the effect that she was going somewhere and to be ready for something or other. In my condition, I could not have cared less. She could have taken a trip to the moon and I would not have cared. All I wanted was to be left alone to wallow in my ocean of misery.

Taking refuge in my easy chair, I pampered myself with a nice hot cup of tea with honey. I had a slight fever and my head was thumping like a marching band at a football game. Trying to ease my pain, I wrap my head in a wet towel. My eyes were bulging and watery as if I had just swallowed a hot spicy Mexican taco in one gulp. To monitor my temperature I sucked a thermometer. I must have looked a sight but I was not anticipating being a contestant at some beauty pageant.

Suddenly, I was aroused by a terrible explosion. It seemed like the noise rocked the very foundation of the house.

As I opened my bleary eyes, there was another explosion, louder than before. My thoughts lead me to believe some terrorist was attacking my house with the ferocity of a nuclear bomb.

It took several moments for me to extract myself from my chair and stand up. Once up, every step I took reverberated in my head like the tom-toms of a thousand war drums

I painfully shuffled to the front door. I slowly opened the door and through bleary, watery eyes, I could make out the shadowy forms of six miniature aliens. As soon as the door was wide open all six of them shrieked, dropped their bags and ran up the street screaming at the top of their lungs, "a monster, a monster."

I slammed the door and ran as fast as I could to my easy chair. As soon as my breathing became somewhat normal, I convinced myself that I had a bad nightmare.

Later on, I heard some mumbling rumbling sound. It has a familiar ring to it but I really could not place it at the time. I slowly opened my eyes and there was my wife looking at me and saying, "You remembered that tonight was trick-or-treat night for the children?"

The next morning I felt somewhat better and around the breakfast table my wife casually mentioned, "Did we have any trick-or-treaters last night?"

I stop to think for a moment and then said, "I don't think anybody came to our door last night."

'Then," she asked, "where did these six bags of candy come from I found at our front door when I come home last night?"

Things are not always as they seem. When the whole picture is not in view it is easy to jump to the wrong conclusion. The Bible says, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."(1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV).

Things look blurry now but one day we have the assurance that we will see things clearly and know things perfectly.

Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box 831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. Call him at 1-866-552-2543 or e-mail or website

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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