THANKSGIVING 2013: Whether it was serving up a meal and a hug to the lonely or offering a word of encouragement around a family Thanksgiving table, it’s wonderful to see so many extending hope, care and love to others. Made me think of David in 2 Samuel 17 when he is on the run from his enemy and hiding in the wilderness:
When David came to Mahanaim, Shobi… Machir… and Barzillai… brought beds, basins, and earthen vessels, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans and lentils, honey and curds and sheep and cheese from the herd, for David and the people with him to eat, for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”
God has created us for and placed us into community. And when we find ourselves in the darkest wilderness, it is the family of faith who come along side to bring us sustenance, rest and renewed strength for the journey.
When I first saw Monty Python back in the early 70′s, I saw comedy in a whole new, absurdist, irreverent light. In many ways, Python brought to comedy, much of what the Beatles brought to music. To this day, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” remains one of my favorite films of all time…certainly one of the most quotable. While I primarily would disagree with their worldviews, in my work with Isaac Air Freight, I often tried to emulate the way they would shine a light on the foolishness and absurdity of some of culture’s values. But not coming from a place of arrogance or superiority, but of inclusiveness; that I’m just a foolish. The only true wisdom comes from above.
Today, my favorite comedy group, announced they’re reuniting…and the people Rejoiced!!! Wonder when asked, why they were getting back together, if they answered, “I’m not dead yet.”
Today in 1975, Saturday Night Live premiered on NBC. It has gone from brilliantly inventive to hysterically funny to horrifically bad, but there is no denying its lasting effect upon American comedy and our culture at large. Not to mention the wealth of comedy talent it launched.
Do you remember who was the host that night 38 years ago?
For bonus points: Who were the musical guests?
Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it. -Harold Kushner