God in Poker?

22 Jul

Today is a new day, and I’m feeling grand…despite the utter desparation I felt last night. 

Why such desparation?

Last night was our first staff dinner for YMI hosted by El Jefe, Brian Hughes and his lovely, pregnant wife, Ranelle.  We started off with some yummy grub and moved on to game time – my personal favorite. 

The first game we played was Apples to Apples, which you should definitely play if you never have.  This game was so much fun.  I need to own it.  The other game we played was Tripoley.  This game, if you’ve never played, is a somewhat combination of Hearts, Poker, and Michigan Rummy

This is where the desparation comes in.  In order to play each round of Tripoley, you must have nine chips.  *Disclaimer: I have NEVER played this game before in my life.*  We each started out with eleven-ish chips.  So I was fine the first round.  Never again though.  In my desparation I had to plea with my fellow co-workers to loan me chips so that I could continue in the fun. 

i wish i had this many last night.

i wish i had this many last night.

Fortunately, I work with a stellar group of people who were generous enough to hear my cries and fill my needs.  The cool thing is that earlier that morning we read Acts 2:37-47 in our staff devotion, which tells of the early church and their willingness to devote themselves to the Word and to each other.  They were giving to each other whenever someone had a need.  They realized their possessions were not their own and were eagerly willing to give to their brothers and sisters. 

Silly as it is, I thought it was really awesome how my co-workers were doing this very thing around the table last night.  Isn’t it cool how God speaks to us through silly things like card games and poker chips?


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