the daily purge 2-13-17


Persistent readers of The Daily Purge may recall that T Purging Lutheran’s children, The Lad and My Marta, both worked at a party supplies store called … ta-da! … Party Time. It was our source for ‘squeaky voice’, where you could order a helium filled balloon and use it to irritate loved ones at family dinners, HR persons at first interviews, and church members during meet-n-greet at the beginning of service (and the first stanza of the opening hymn). This outfit you see is a costume My Marta bought for …. hmm … I’m not sure. Who wears purple? The recently deceased musician, Prince, wore purple proudly, but I think he’d be against white stripes. The White Stripes, a former two person band from Detroit? Nope. They were colored black and red. Clean speaking comic Red Skelton? He first appeared on the radio show, The Fleischmann’s Yeast Hour. Yeast? Sorry, yeast is beige-colored and Fleischmann’s packets are mainly yellow. And who uses yeast? Movie characters such as Abby McClure (With Six You Get Eggroll), a widowed housewife raising three young girls. Girls need food so she uses yeast to bake bread. And who is the actress playing Abby? Doris Day. Our Marta dressed as Doris Day? It’s so impossible to consider that it’s most likely true. This is why we love Our Marta. She’s not afraid to be Doris Day.

Genesis 45:1-8

Joseph couldn’t hold himself in any longer, keeping up a front before all his attendants. He cried out, “Leave! Clear out—everyone leave!” So there was no one with Joseph when he identified himself to his brothers. But his sobbing was so violent that the Egyptians couldn’t help but hear him. The news was soon reported to Pharaoh’s palace.

Joseph spoke to his brothers: “I am Joseph. Is my father really still alive?” But his brothers couldn’t say a word. They were speechless—they couldn’t believe what they were hearing and seeing.

“Come closer to me,” Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt.


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