Lucky Love

by Joel on October 24, 2007

In the parsonage kitchen, I put up a horseshoe that points down. Some friends and family have warned me that such means my “luck” will run out. Actually, custom is such that a horseshoe can be displayed either way. I’m mostly of German descent and there seems to be some sentiment among that nationality to have the horseshoe point down so that the luck poors down or out on you.

But all of this misses the point with me. I don’t believe in luck, good or bad, just odds and probabilities. If I ever believed in luck, such ended when at age 11, no amount of rubbing a rabbit’s foot allowed me to ditch my ugly black plastic frame glasses. I can have a sense of humor about luck, though. After all, when I eat at a Chinese cuisine restaurant I usually read the fortune in the cookie, perhaps as a form of amusement. Luck seems related to fate, which I also don’t believe in because it doesn’t fit into my understanding of God’s grace, design and purposes.

Odds. Yes, I believe in those, which means sometimes we “beat” them and sometimes we don’t. In my life, I’ve been pulled over by police or state troopers probably close to 20 times. I’ve never received a ticket. Why not? The fact that I’m very polite and answer questions courteously helps. The fact that my speeding violations were all for less than 15 mph over the limit helps too. Also that I don’t drive a flashy car and that I am not a person of color. Regarding the latter, I do think that minorities fare worse with traffic stops under similar circumstances.

So why did I put the horseshoe up? As a kid, I always wanted a horse. My mother used to give me “horse” things, such as playing cards with horse photos, or metal horses for display on a shelf. But more than that, the horseshoe was a Christmas gift from my younger brother back in the early 1970’s. It reminds me of the great value in love among siblings. I’m “lucky” :-) to have a wonderful sister and two terrific brothers.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }


dh 10.24.07 at 5:00 pm

Joel, isn’t family wonderful? This is kind of a “Word from the Lord” but a Scripture that comes to mind as encouragement for you and your family, particular your brother and/or brothers, is: “How good and pleasant when brothers are together in unity.” May God richly bless you and your family, Joel. :)


Kim 10.24.07 at 7:23 pm

Hey, Joel, I’ve just googled “Why are horseshoes lucky”, and while there are several theories, the fundamental explanation has to do with the crescent-shape which has been used in amulets for centuries. Perhaps DH will now have to re-think his comment and return with an anathema on your pagan superstitition. :)

Horseshoes aren’t big in the UK - it’s a North American thing - but families, yeah, they’re universal (despite Tolstoy’s famous opening to Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after its own fashion.”

Nice post.


dh 10.24.07 at 8:33 pm

Kim, my reference was not in support of “horseshoe luck” but in reference to the comment about “how wonderful his siters and brothers were”. I personally don’t support any form of “superstitions” that originate in “pagan” practice. It also doesn’t seem that Joel supports it as well at least it is “half-hearted” and God looks at the “heart. I believe Joel’s explaination of “luck” is what it is about. On the other hand, I do have an understanding of God that goes beyond just “odds and probablitilies”. To me if God counts the number of “hairs on our heads” then He knows everything that will happen before hand. That doesn’t mean it is “predetermined” but it does reveal God’s “omnipotence, omniscience, etc.”. However, that is for another discussion seperate than the one Joel mentioned.

My main point of the reply was to encourage Joel with regard to his apparent wonderful family. I hope Joel you were encouraged. :)


dh 10.24.07 at 9:26 pm

Well. Kim I probably disagree with the Tolstoy comment. It is a matter of as to what what families are happy about. I think that they are not the same depending on a family’s particular moral compass and/or lack and/or confussion thereof. My statement toward Joel is the apparent “happiness” of Joel’s family and the confirmation and support of that by the apparent heart of Joel. (Notice I said apparent in that no man knows the heart but God but you get the point). :)

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