God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat

My son is in Guys and Dolls this weekend and I have had this song running through my head all week.  Because it's a really catchy tune.  You can't help wanting to sing along.  In this scene my son is the clueless one.  When everyone sits, he stands, he supposed to be out of step with the drama of the scene. 

In this scene from the show, the gamblers are at a prayer meeting and they are invited to share their testimony.  They are strongly invited to stand up and tell why they are there and what they want to change.  Some of the answers are silly.  When it gets to Nicely, he makes up a dream about why he won't be let into Heaven (he drinks and gambles even on the way to Heaven).  In the dream, he is messing with the journey and people are asking him to sit down, to stop making waves. 

I can sympathize with Nicely, I tend to rock the boat.  I want to shake things up and push people into seeing this vision I have of a world where God is there with you asking you to stand up and speak out against injustice, to work to change poverty and hunger, to invite people into a relatonship with God that will transform who they are.  We are to rock the boat, when we get a little to comfortable with the world as it is, verses the world God dreams where the lost, the last, the least are invited to the party.  A party where the wine flows freely, the laughter is loud and the joy abounds.  So I hope you spend a little time rocking the boat.

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