October Thought for the Month

Published on: 03 Oct 2012

October Thought for the Month

With Nigel Somers, Senior Pastor at the Elim Church, Keynsham 

Nigel SomersI’m grateful to friends who have sent me examples of humorous or thought-provoking signs they have encountered. I wonder if you have seen any of these before? I hope they might make you smile.

Sign in a vet’s waiting room: “Back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”

At a towing company: “We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”

In a restaurant window: “Eat now, pay waiter.”

In a shop doorway: “PUSH. If it doesn’t open, PULL. If it still doesn’t open, WE ARE CLOSED.”

In a school near a clock: “Time will pass; will you?”

On a display of “I love you only” Valentine cards: “Now available in multi-packs.”

In a dentist’s office: “Patient parking only. All others will be painfully extracted.”

On a hand drier in a toilet: “Do not activate with wet hands.”

In a restaurant: “Open seven days a week and weekends."

In the vestry of a New England church: “Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished.”

On a plumber’s truck: “We fix what your husband repaired.”

Signs serve different purposes. Some point the way, others inform, still others issue a warning, and if you want to pass your driving test you need to be able to distinguish between them. The word “sign” appears many times in the bible and especially in the gospel of John when referring to the miracles that Jesus performed. John observed Jesus over three years and selected a number of signs which he recorded for us. Those signs also serve a purpose.

John wrote: “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31).

The signs recorded in the bible give us confidence from one of many eye witnesses that Jesus is who he claimed to be. And that is, the Son of God who loved you and gave himself for you.

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