Are people superstitious where you live ?
We learned when we moved here, that many rural Newfoundlanders are intensely superstitious.
This explains why people are rarely seen visiting cemeteries, most of which are poorly maintained. Many are adjacent to small wooden churches.
There was great excitement when, two Augusts ago, Mrs. Butler reported seeing lots of people in the cemetery , in a neighbouring village !
She did her duty and reported the suspicious activity to the Chair of the Parish Council, who promised to investigate.
In August, blueberries ripen throughout our rugged island, and people delight in picking and enjoying these highly nutritious berries.
Alas, some bountiful blueberries were discovered growing at the back of the cemetery, and now many people were coming to pick them.
This could not be !
A hasty meeting was called of all the parishioners, and it was unanimously decided that a fundraiser would be held to construct a fence around the cemetery to keep people out.
Yesterday, since blueberries are ripe now, we drove over to the little church yard to check it out .
Sure enough, a huge and expensive steel fence was constructed around the yard.
This was no ordinary wooden picket fence. This fence meant business. A sign was prominently posted : NO BERRY PICKING ALLOWED.
We noticed that the old church was peeling paint, and several sections were showing signs of wood rot.
What would Jesus say ?
We are told in the Bible that lives lived in Christ will produce spiritual fruit.(Galatians 5: 22-23).
May the Lord, in His mercy, allow us to remain close to Him, so that our lives will bear the spiritual fruits of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.