Wednesday, February 6, 2013

It's like that here.

I am going to show movies for our Lenten program. And have a brief study of some scriptural references that, in my mind, refer directly to the movie.

The first is "Smoke Signals" --a wonderful show on coming to terms with forgiveness. And I will pair that with (John 20:19-23 from The Message) Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said. “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?”

Then I am going to show "The Red Balloon" --and there are so many angles I could approach with that one --Blessed are you who are persecuted and other portions of the Beatitudes... or something else. Haven't decided.

Then I'm thinking of "Powwow Highway" --but have only got that far....

I've reviewed several films --but many of them would not be suitable 'family' showing in Lent.... And, I've reviewed other documentaries, such as the PBS "Custer's Last Stand" documentary --and when I watched it in ol' Virginia I thought it was fairly good. When I reviewed it yesterday, the six talking heads speaking to "our American history" and what a shock it was to have Custer dead in the last, great battle of the Indian wars and all that... I just couldn't help thinking --well, they've put the Indian wars to bed so neatly haven't they --but the Indian wars didn't stop in 1876... in many places, they were just beginning.... And then the one Native voice came on and spoke of the feelings one gets on the battlefield.... I just felt a bias that I did not want to condone or try to explain away.

So... I'm stretching now for movies... Perhaps I will drive in to Pierre, and check out the store there that folks here frequent. I've been told they have videos....

And I'm doing all this movie and Lenten stuff while I'm still praying over the circumstances of which I wrote yesterday... of course. And how all those circumstances are always present here --not an uncommon experience. Like gun violence in the inner cities --everyone knows someone who has been shot down --sometimes two or three in a family. It's like that here.

And my beloved Snake Killers were back last night to the church for another comfort service... I got them some paper and they colored up the paper and made paper airplanes that entertained them for hours. They own me now.

For my Snake Killers (beginning at Isaiah 54:1)
Sing, O barren one who did not bear;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
than the children of her that is married, says the LORD.
Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left,
and your descendants will possess the nations
and will settle the desolate towns.

At prayer this morning (from Mark 8, ending with verse 26)
Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?”

And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.”

Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, “Do not even go into the village.”

Healing is a process. Most often, it takes us more than once.... And maybe, just maybe, the man saw at first as God sees us --as trees, walking... and Jesus had to unwind it a bit...

Sometimes it's like that here, too. The glory is hardly imaginable.
Yeah --I've got to work the Beatitudes in to our Lenten discussions.

Any one know a good Lenten movie to show?
Peace out.