Reading Cartoons

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When I get my new copy of “The New Yorker”, before I settle in to read selected articles¢â‚¬¦I always read the cartoons-

They provide sobering insights into the human condition.

Here are a few examples selected randomly from a recent issue—

Wife in bathrobe talking to husband leaving for work–
Caption? “Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile on my medication.”

Wife chatting with husband over coffee on a quiet evening:
Caption? “Now that the kids are in jail, maybe we can take that vacation we’ve always wanted.”

Man and woman on a date:
Caption? “There’s something you need to know about me, Donna. I don’t like people knowing things about me.”

Man on psychiatrists couch:
Caption? “Right. Money isn’t everything–what’s the other thing again?”

Picture of man on ground having just been shot by gun carrying dog:
Caption: “At least we’re not going to be in trouble with the animal-rights people.”

Picture of two friends talking about a third friend:
Caption: “I liked him a lot better before I knew him”

Couple staring off in space:
Caption: “I’m not religious–I’m just scared.”

Couple leaving church. Greeting the pastor at the door:
Caption? “Good sermon reverend, but all that God stuff was pretty far-fetched.”

The thoughtful creative for whom God is of central importance reads the cartoons and sees a snapshot of the human condition.

Overmedicated,
Parents of unruly kids,
Emotionally distant marriages,
Driven by money and not remembering what else matters,
Animal rights superseding human rights,
Alienation from friends,
Frightened by today’s circumstances
Yet frivolous about God.

Read the cartoons and hear the pain beneath the laughter¢â‚¬¦

Every one of these cartoons has a sad underbelly¢â‚¬¦
A sense of loss.
A sense of emptiness.
A sense of hopelessness.

Read the cartoons and ask:
Where would Jesus start a conversation with this person?
What is the good news for this person¢â‚¬¦

Read the cartoons and pray.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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