Lord, Shut My Mouth

**I have told you this so that My own joy may be in you and your joy may be complete** (John 15:11).
Scripture

John 15:11
Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalms 98:1-4; I John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

Sermon Week/Year

Sixth Sunday of Easter,
B

Sermon Topic

Joy,

For those among you who would like to better your life by losing weight, there is the “Dieter’s Prayer,” suggested by a medical doctor:

Lord, grant me the strength that I may not fall
into the clutches of cholesterol.

At polyunsaturate I’ll never mutter,
for the road to hell is paved with butter.

And cake is cursed and cream is awful
and Satan is hiding in every waffle.

Beelzebub is himself a chocolate drop
and Lucifer is a lollipop.

Teach me the evils of hollandaise,
of pasta and gobs of mayonnaise.

And crisp-fried chicken from the South —
Lord, if you love me, shut my mouth!1

“Lord, if You love me, tell me how…

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