Murder At The Fish Shop

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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My late Scottish mother-in-law taught me this song. We always got a chuckle out of it when she sang it, especially because she had false teeth.

    Last night there was murder at the fish shop
    A wee dug stole a haddie bone
    A big dug tried tae take it aff it
    and I hit it wae a tottie scone.
    I ran tae tell my Auntie Sara
    My Auntie Sara wisnae in
    I looked through a hole in the windae
    And I shouted, "Sara are you in?"
    Her teeth were lying oan the table,
    Her wig was hanging oan a peg,
    I nearly burst my sides wae laughing
    When I saw her screwing aff her wooden leg.

I wonder how many of us can relate to this little ditty today?

Some of our bodies are aging, and we're slowing down. I know that I am! It takes me longer to do things, and some days, I just need to sit back, relax, and catch up.

The weak bodies that we have now are dying. Some of us suffer from arthritis; our muscles get weaker as we age; we may have to take medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems … . What a great encouragement it is to know that one day, we will have a new body! A heavenly body that will never die. No more scars. No more aches and pains.

2 Corinthians 5:1-2 – For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. (NLT)

In the Apostles' Creed, we say that we believe in the resurrection of the body. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so will we be raised from the dead when we die in Him. We will have new bodies that will never get old or sick or die.

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 – Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 15:53-54 – For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: "Death is swallowed up in victory." (NLT)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are so grateful to be alive, even though, at times, we may suffer from aches and pains or worse. How good it is to know that one day, those in Christ will inherit a heavenly body which will never die or get sick or grow old, and which will live forever with You. Give us strength to keep our eyes on Jesus at all times, to be Your faithful people, and to serve You in whatever ways we are able. To You be the glory forever, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Dee. I can’t wait!

    Excellent! Thanks,

    Something great to look forward to, Dee. Have a great day.

    Oh Dee how I needed to hear all that you “said” in today’s devotional.

    Amen Praise God. Right now I am feeling those aches and pains.
    But oh, one day soon, Freedom!

    Amen, Dee!
    Thank you for writing Gracious Truth to us.
    We have Glorious Hope in Jesus.

    Hello Dee
    Thanks, this is encouraging and always a good reminder of God’s promises to us as we walk with Him.´

    I’ll remember your poem on Robbie Burns day. Interesting to think of a time with no aches or pains – seems such a part of life. Thank you for writing.

    Dear Dee,
    As a transplanted Scotsman you brought a smile to my face this morning.
    Thank you and god bless.

    What a delightful ditty! As I age, I can relate to various body parts wearing out. Thanks for pointing us to our future in Christ Jesus by sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    Hi Dee:
    Thank you so much. This is exactly what I needed to read this morning. This winter has been very hard on my muscles and joints just like so many others.
    Praise be to God. He is good always.

    Hello Dee,
    Very uplifting devotional today. What a joyful time when we receive our heavenly pain free bodies.
    Thank you for writing.

    Can you imagine a song sung with the Scottish accent. Must have been fun.
    I know we all have to go one day but my fear is dying.
    Taking my last breath. I really fear it struggling to survive.
    I hate the thought of it.

    Yes Dee, I can relate to this subject on age. It is a matter of “what we do with what we’ve got” as some of us plow through our four score years. The Lord has been so good and generous while we try to live to His glory one day at a time.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

    Hi Dee,
    You fooled me. I was just sure John Stuart had written about his Scottish kin! What a very good and graphic way to approach today’s devotional. And indeed, doesn’t matter how old a person is, there is something about our bodies that usually needs attention.
    Thank you.

    Thank you for a long time memory. Though not born in Scotland, I spent my childhood there, in a Scottish family. My song was essentially the same, except no dogs or fish Shop! It started: Last night I went to see my Darling, and the hole was in the shutter.
    I have forwarded the devotional to two Scottish friends here in P.E.I.
    I, too, have quite a few ‘aids’ in getting around, and I am thankful for them. I am in the mood now for a hot, buttered ‘tottie scone’.

    Hi Dee,
    I can identify with your devotional today because “The old gray mare she ain’t what she use to be!”
    We had a dear friend (he’s now up in glory) but always would jokingly say “The first hundred years are the toughest!”
    I say a hearty Amen to your statement:
    “How good it is to know that one day, those in Christ will inherit a heavenly body which will never die or get sick or grow old, and which will live forever with You.” Thanks!

    Hi Dee,
    Good devotional. You are so right about the aches and pains, I can relate to that and I am confronted with it every time I go to the Nursing Home, and it is really difficult to stay “Upbeat” all the time, especially when I am talking to the residents. I have also found that I can’t talk about the life hereafter on a regular basis, the residents are more into “Comfort” in the here and now and that is what I emphasize.
    Thank you for writing.

    Thanks, Dee, for this devotional. That Scottish song sure gave me an uplift and made me realize God is so good! I only have the false teeth so far – sometimes grumble about my sore back and leg but at least I can walk around. Make’s one think and Praise God.
    God Bless.

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