Scary monsters at play

This may be irreligious, but…

Have you ever had that person in your life (perhaps you are that person) who thought that it was funny to jump out from behind the sofa and yell “Boo!” at the climactic moment of a suspenseful horror movie? The ones that think that it is hilarious to scare the living daylights out of you, because they know it’s all ok, they know they would do anything to save you from a real monster, so it’s all just a bit of fun, right?

You may be getting an inkling of how I feel about having my dignity undermined by an undeservedly provoked screaming session.

Bearing that in mind, here is a verse from this Sunday’s psalm:

Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living creatures too many to number, creatures both small and great.
There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it. (BCP)
The CEV, “as well as the Leviathan, the monster you created to splash in the sea.”
The New American Bible for Catholics, “here leviathan, your creature, plays.”
The NIV has it formed for frolicking.

I could go on, but I think that the point is made: God made sea monsters – big hulking, scary monsters, Nessie, lurking in the Loch, the dragons that “here be” on the old maps – for fun. As a little splashy, scary joke.

Well colour me Queen Victoria.

I guess it’s good to know that God has a sense of humour, and it may be even more reassuring to those on the giving, rather than the receiving end of the behind the sofa late night horror movie ambushes.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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