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Thursday Intermission

Happy Thursday! Ready for a break from your busy week?

When we talk about living our lives as stories, we often think in terms of our own lives. We are sometimes struck with a sense of sonder–the realization that every human in the world, each passer-by with a tiny bit role in our lives, has the lead in his or her own vivid story. But often, we are too taken up with our own concerns to notice the lives, the routines, the stories of the everyday “other.”

Which brings us to today’s video. “Hollywood & Vines” is a collaborative effort: A hundred Vines (6-second videos) were pulled together to tell a single story. And that speaks to me of how each of our stories is really only wholly told and understood as part of the larger story, God’s story, that brings together each of our small parts into one cohesive whole.

Which seems just a tad over-analytical of a video about paper airplanes, but there you go.

“Hollywood & Vines,” which carries its own themes of living one’s dreams, inspiring others, and love won and lost:

May your story connect with the stories of others in beautiful ways today.

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What Will You Do?

Last week we looked at Colossians 1:3-8 and saw that the gospel planted  at Colossae was “constantly bearing fruit and increasing.” This video is a little longer than most I share here, but it’s well worth watching. Its description is simple: “What will you do with the seeds that you’ve been given?”

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

English: My garden flower

English: My garden flower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first spring we spent at our current home, plants were coming up everywhere, lush with new growth. There’s a small garden plot beside the driveway, a couple more in front of the house, another in the back. The previous owners had planted flowers and herbs and decorative greens. There was just one problem: I had no idea what was planted where. Some plants I recognized, but many more I did not.

Fortunately, across the street lived a friendly neighbor. And she loved to garden. She came over and helped me out, teaching me what plants we had, which ones were weeds that would choke everything else out, and which ones would bring beauty or usefulness. She was a great help!

Paul used the analogy of a gardener when he wrote to the church at Colossae.

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Thursday Intermission

Welcome to Thursday Intermission!

Growing up, I was a band kid. I started out on clarinet and then found “my” instrument, the oboe. However, there were certain rules for band at my school. For instance, you couldn’t be in concert band unless you were also in marching band. That meant hours of practice on the field with the clarinet (no oboes for our marching band!). We had to know the music, of course, but we also had to learn the march choreographies. Looking back, it’s amazing that we managed our performances. I recall in one rehearsal almost being run over by a percussionist.

Which is what makes this performance by the Dutch Army Bicycle Band so impressive to me. That bit at the end? Even on foot, I’d have been nervous! (Just kidding, we were great. At least, that’s how I prefer to remember it.)

Thanks for joining me. May you walk in the blessing, strength and joy of the Lord today.

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The Lure of Christianity Plus

Cristo Redentor, the famous Christ the Redeeme...

Cristo Redentor, the famous Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of the Corcovado mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven …

–Colossians 1:1-5a, emphasis added

The church at Colossae seems vaguely familiar. Life in a center of trade meant the people heard all the latest ideas and philosophies from travelers who came through. They sought to be “tolerant,” to the point of annexing some aspects of various religions to their practice of Christianity. They apparently felt that there had to be more to Christianity than they had been taught—so they began to seek some deeper knowledge, some more mystical experience.

Hmm … I think they must have been time travelers.

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Drifting

English: The gull and the ocean Deutsch: Die M...

English: The gull and the ocean Deutsch: Die Möwe und das Meer Français : La mouette et la mer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Drifting.

It’s a relaxing word, isn’t it? If you close your eyes and think about it, you can almost feel yourself floating lazily along, wherever the water’s current flows.

There’s a stream behind our house, and occasionally a group of teens will go tubing down the stream, floating on inner tubes along with the current. The ducks are invariably affronted at this heinous encroachment on their territory, but the tubers are soon gone, the water carrying them downstream.

Sometimes, however, drifting ends up being a little less relaxing.  As you float on a raft, eyes closed, thoughts wandering, you suddenly awake to the fact that you’re nowhere near the place you started from. Sometimes a bit of panic sets in: Where are you? How far have you gone? How do you get back to wherever you need to be?

This was the position of the church at Colossae at the time Paul wrote his letter to the church.

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Thursday Intermission

Hey, all!

Thanks for joining me. For those new to the blog, I should explain that Thursdays are special. That’s the day we sit back, relax, and take a break from the busy week.

Today is even more special than most Thursdays: It’s BeaMuses’ Blogaversary! Today marks two years of blogging for me. In honor of the occasion, I’m re-running the very first video shared as an Intermission. It’s still one of my favorites: Jotta A. singing “Agnus Dei.”

May you sense the presence of the Lord with you today.

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