“False Requiem?”

This is #021 of “The Lloyd Servant Show.” We pick up the story shortly after the funeral for Miss Betsy Mae Butler. You may remember that she had been mysteriously run over by a truck, signed a huge insurance policy with Bradley Martin, “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd,” as the beneficiary, held captive in an abandoned warehouse, and then apparently rescued by Miss Gladys Louise Brickle.

Yet someone does seem to have died here! What’s going on? Something smells worse than fishy! Worse than rotten! Worse than…well, you get the picture! More to follow soon!

Just a sidenote really, though it’s a rather long sidenote…I had started on this comic strip installment yesterday morning, but held off on it because it wasn’t complete in my mind. I didn’t know what to say about the “my personal savior” part. I wanted Helena Montgomery to voice some of what we may be fearful of hearing when we share our faith with others, but I wasn’t sure if this character was right or wrong.

I know that we often hear this phrase “my personal savior” in some churches, and I even did some research yesterday on the history of this phrase. It’s much newer than I imagined. I know at some funerals there will be words similar to, “If you are unsure of your eternal destiny, won’t you consider asking Jesus into your heart and making Him your personal savior before it’s too late?”

I’m still not completely sure what to say about the “my personal savior” part. Because I’ve heard that phrase so many times, I’m probably hearing it as a “Church Insider” rather than a “Church Outsider.” The more I question it, the more I feel like I need different words because maybe those words don’t work any more for me. So as evil as the character Helena Montgomery may be…perhaps she is on to something here?

Here’s what I mean…yesterday afternoon, I went to a Requiem Eucharist. It was for someone who I didn’t know at church who had lived with cancer for 5 years and still served as a key layperson during all of that time. Yet not knowing her gave me a greater opportunity to really listen to what was said. I never heard “Mary always had Jesus as her personal savior.” Instead I heard again and again “Mary knew that she belonged to Jesus.”

Maybe the wording is just a subtle difference to some, but for me, the more I think about it the greater the difference becomes.

Does Jesus belong to us? Do we belong to Jesus? Does this relationship depend on me and my decisions which are likely to be unsteady and lack commitment? Does this relationship depend on Jesus and His steadfastness?

I hope to be able to explore this more through other comic strips very soon. For now, I’m pondering this…

How will my journey be if, like Mary, I focus on “I belong to Jesus”?

Select this handy link to can catch up on the previous comic strips. You can also select this even more handy link to download a PDF of the entire chapter.

“The Miraculous Multiplying Pie” vs. “Spiritual Food”

Today’s post graphic is what I’m calling “A Classic Moment.” It’s basically a look back at something previously posted, but perhaps with a new perspective.

One of the big differences between “The Lloyd Servant Show” and the other comic strips is that I’ve tried to make it a “stand alone” comic strip without any Christ-centered commentary. Part of that is because you’ll probably read it and say to yourself, “These people are seriously messed up!” (So there is no commentary necessary!) Part of that is because some people just don’t want to read a lot of “Be a good Christian” material. Some people even find “Bible-y Stuff” to be…boring. (Gulp!) I do understand that. I really do.

But there’s a lot of “Bible-y Stuff” hidden away in this comic series, and it’s there if you want to find it. And if not, that’s okay too.

It’s probably easy to spot that “The Miraculous Multiplying Pie” is a scam. Buy a pie for a few dollars, slice it into pieces. Sell each piece for $1000 and claim that another piece of pie miraculously appearing it’s place…and that eating can bring a miracle into your life. Pies are cheap. Nobody needs to know you’re getting them from the grocery store just lie to everybody about everything! If just a few people are gullible enough to believe you, well…

It’s probably easy to see that it’s a copy of “The Miracle Of The Loaves And Fishes” which is a miracle of Jesus that is recorded in each of the four Gospels. That makes it immensely important, I think.

Perhaps that is why I have heard and read different explanations to pass off “The Miracle Of The Loaves And Fishes” as a stunt and a scam. Maybe you have as well?

So let’s go down that road.

What if when the little boy gave all that he had to Jesus, the people were ashamed and brought out what they had been selfishly hiding for themselves? (“The Lesson In Giving Theory”) What if Jesus had it all worked out ahead of time with plenty of bread and fish kept out of sight until the right moment? (“The Magic Act Theory”) What if the Gospel speakers and writers decided to tell this as a symbolic story, not that it really happened, just what it meant? (“The Creative License Theory”)

If you’ve been reading for a while, you know that I ask a lot of “what if” questions, so I can’t fault anyone else for doing the same with this miracle recorded in the Gospels.

So here is a “what if” question…What if I said that I accepted all of those doubters questions as being valid, that Jesus really didn’t perform that miracle? What if I said that I agree it was just a story made up for some reason later on? People started telling it, it caught on, and when it was time to write down the story of Jesus, well, it just made the story that much better.

(I want to point out that this “what if” question of mine is similar to the classic Perry Mason question, “What if I told you…?” which always led to a confession of the truth! I also want to point out that I can’t accept that Jesus tricked and scammed people with the loaves and fishes. That is contrary to His character. But people could “potentially maybe possibly but I still doubt it” create a story with symbolic meaning later.)

Here’s my next thought…

Which will more easily fool people: feeding with miraculous multiplying food or feeding with spiritual food?

To me (and to the main character “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd”), the answer has to be “fool people with miraculous multiplying food…like barley loaves and fish…or apple pie.”

You simply cannot fool people with spiritual food, at least not for any period of time. It is possible to make people think that they have received spiritual food with the right music and theatrics which can encourage a type of emotional response mistaken for a spiritual response. But that’s sort of like “spiritual junk food.” (I’ve experienced that. Maybe you have too?)

And if you know Jesus, you know He feeds you with real spiritual food whenever you hunger and thirst and ask and seek. This may be through reading His Word, prayer and meditation, Christian fellowship, and of course, the bread and the cup.

As part of the Eucharist (Communion), we say, “You have fed us with spiritual food.” That is real. It can’t be faked, not when you know it and experience it for yourself.

Then we say, “Send us out into the world…to love and serve You.” That is truly putting the real spiritual food to the test, wouldn’t you agree? That is real. It can’t be faked, not when the world knows it and experiences it for themselves. (And the world is watching.)

What God does in us with His Spiritual Food and then what we in turn do in the world as a result are perhaps the greatest continuing miracle!

Here is a PDF of “The Miraculous Multiplying Pie!” as single pages in the “Old Newspaper Edition” style, just like the regular “Monthly Digests.” (I also may just stick with the “Old Newspaper Edition” for this one. I think you’ll find that it really has a kind of nice “film noir” look, particularly near the end!)

“The Miraculous Multiplying Pie!” (Just A “Half-Baked” Idea?)

While I’m working out a few technical issues, here is a PDF of “The Miraculous Multiplying Pie!” as single pages in the “Old Newspaper Edition” style, just like the regular “Monthly Digests.” (I also may just stick with the “Old Newspaper Edition” for this one. I think you’ll find that it really has a kind of nice “film noir” look, particularly near the end!)

I really hope that this doesn’t turn out to be a “half-baked” idea! (Grown!)

Thanks so much everyone for your patience and support! You fans really are THE BEST! (I mean I got “Likes” even when yesterday’s work didn’t turn out the way I had wanted to! That just really touched my heart. So I sent yesterday’s work to “trash” and have started all over again, hopefully better focused and with something even better!)

Oops! Slight Delay In Today’s Comic Strip Posting!

Due to a few snags with today’s post, I’m offering my apologies and a “Classic Moment” from “The Lloyd Servant Show.”

If you’re a regular reader, you will remember this, I’m sure!

If you’re not, this may not make much sense, but the compilation of all 20 comic strips will be available soon! Then “Please come smell my miracle feet!” may give you a chuckle. (And really it is sort of funny even if you don’t know the context!)

I’ve got a few snags to work out before sharing the “Chapter 1” compilation with you. It just don’t look right to me yet, and I don’t want to share for downloading until I feel like they are right.

Thanks everyone for your patience! Be on the lookout for “The Miraculous Multiplying Pie!”

“Freedom And Failure (Mother’s Day Morning)”

This is #020 of “The Lloyd Servant Show,” and we see now why there was no show with the staged joyful healing and restoration of everyone’s beloved pie maker, Miss Betty Mae Butler! She is no longer held captive and manipulated by evil. Somewhere she is safe and truly getting healed and restored.

…Yet, only this chapter is ended. There is still more plot to unfold, more loose ends to tie up! Can you tell?!?

For now, I can only say that looks can be deceiving, even in hidden or obscured images, and stereotyped images can often conceal something much more wicked and sinister! (And remember, the last panel does take place in a temporary television studio where there are sure to be special lights and scenery!)

“The events depicted in this comic strip are fictitious. Any similarity to any person living or dead is merely coincidental. The similarity of the empty warehouse and an empty tomb are indeed intentional, not merely coincidental!

Thanks, everyone!

More to follow for sure! Until then…Godspeed, Miss Betty Mae! Godspeed, Miss Gladys Louise!

I will be making available for download soon a PDF document with all of the pages for this chapter of “The Lloyd Servant Show.” It didn’t really occur to me to do that until today! Seriously! I’m eager to see how the whole 20 pages will look when combined together, and I hope you are too!