PETER DISNEY GREETER
At the risk
of seeming impertinent
let me admit that I like to think
of Saint Peter not only as your angry servant
at the moment he hurled the Ten Commandments into
smithereens, but also as in a more sanguine mood as
the Keeper of the Keys
to the Kingdom of Heaven,
and the Gracious Greeter at the Pearly Gates.
And so I am reminded of Saint Peter
by the kindly gentleman who welcomes
each lucky guest to Disney’s
Yacht and Beach Club, a lovely light-filled luxurious
vacation resort with a resonant greetign and a radiant
To stay in
such a grand place is certainly
to experience “a bit of heaven on earth,”
where all is clean and all is calm
and all is orderly, (except for the welcome exuberance
of excited chattering children!).
I am very grateful to have had the privilege
of visiting this sunny, relaxing respite
from our all-too-busy world.
Lord, for happy places
on this sometimes weary, wearing earth,
and for the foreshadowing of eternity
all those people whose goodness
and graciousness and optimism give us a tiny
glimpse into the joys You have stored up
for us in Your Heavenly “Disney World,”
exceeding all that we can possibly imagine, but which
we can most joyfully anticipate.
Keep me from
sin, Lord, so that I may come
at last into Your Son-filled Kingdom.
bless the Greeters and Saint Peters of this sometimes
I pray in faith and love and hope,
2013 - Donn B. Murphy
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