A Better ‘ole

“There I was,” sang Bernard Cribbins, “a digging this hole,” Do you remember the one? “It was flat at the bottom and the sides were steep.” A better hole than any I’ve dug I just can’t seem to get them flat at the bottom, but that may be because I remember the advice that if you’re in a hole you should stop digging. The Psalmist recognised this: Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made.

One of the best ways to improve a poor situation is to laugh at it. This sometimes gives rise to the black humour of those who work in areas where meeting sudden death is not uncommon, e.g. emergency service or health care. During the first world war a Captain in the Warwickshire Regiment, Bruce Bairnsfather, drew many cartoons poking fun at the life of the WWI serviceman, to the great enjoyment of many both at home and at the front. One of his cartoons, (reproduced above) is entitled “A Better ‘ole” first published in The Bystander magazine under the heading “Fragments from France”. The Psalmist also recognised this predicament: He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. On which rock are you going to stand? Why not the one upon which Jesus said he would build His church?

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