"Faith is different from theology because theology is reasoned, systematic, and orderly, whereas faith is disorderly, intermittent, and full of surprises.... Faith is homesickness. Faith is a lump in the throat. Faith is less a position on than a movement toward, less a sure thing than a hunch. Faith is waiting."
Friday, February 01, 2013
Friday Five: Ground Hog Day lessons
Rev Pat Raube, over at the RevGals, offers this Friday Five on Ground Hog day:
She talks about how this movie changed her perspective on the holiday, a day which the meterologist on a local channel described as the only holiday honoring winter....So, here goes:
1. The Holiday: On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 representing, "Hey! Stop hating on the most awesome season ever!" and 5 representing, "Green. NOW."), how much are you hankering for spring? And what is, to you, a true sign that it is actually on its way?
I don't think of it as a holiday, per se. It's more like an occasion, an opportunity to be publicly silly as we consider whether or not a groundhog can predict the duration of winter. No doubt I do believe that the animal world has better sense of this than we do, but still this is just silliness. And, I'm okay with that.
Now, regarding spring. I'm not quite ready for it to return, considering we are actually having a REAL winter for a change. But I will be. Come the end of February and I will have had enough! I do hope that this real winter leads to a real spring, that we don't have a repeat of false spring like we had last year, when we had unseasonably warm weather in March, the fruit trees bloomed and then it froze and killed off much of the cherry and apple crop. So, a real spring, in a timely manner, come April and May, will be perfect.
2. The Film: Seen it? If yes, Love it? Hate it? Meh? Yes. I watch it whenever I happen to be around and it's on television. It's silly, but cute. So I fall somewhere toward the like side of "Meh."...
3. The Meaning: If you could relive one day of your life, what one would it be? I can't think of a single day I'd want to relive over and over until I learned my life lesson. There are probably a few days I could live over and over, but none that I want too...
4. The Meaning, Part 2: If you had to relive one day of your life over and over until you got something right (a la the Bill Murray character in the film), what day would that be? see above...
5. The Meaning, Part 3: If you had to design a life-changing experience for a fairly despicable human being (as is, for example, the Bill Murray character at the film's start), what would it be? How, given all sorts of unlikely powers to bend time and take control of another person's personal growth, would you do it? There was a time, when I experienced a couple of people who were acting out in the church in the most unhealthy of ways...if I could have the group relive a day over and over until they understood just how cruel and unhealthy their behavior was, I would certainly do it. But then, I'd have to be part of it, too, and no way do I want to repeat any of that, ever again.