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Jesus Christ Superstar

 

 

My husband and I look forward to watching the “Jesus Christ Superstar” movie, among a few others, each year at Easter time.  I know that there are different takes on this film, and many even believe it to be blasphemous.  I understand these thoughts and opinions and respect them.  There are many scenes  that make me wince.

Because, on the surface, the movie does indeed look to be disrespectful and blasphemous to Jesus and his divinity.  That is the intent…being that the characters are human, as we all are human.

In my opinion, the music and the casting of characters is absolutely heart touching and as perfect as worldly art can be.  When losing myself in the words and feelings communicated through the music and lyrics, I am drawn inward…to how we are connected to these characters, no matter what their flaws and sins happen to be.

For the last couple of days, “King Herod’s Song” keeps playing over and over again in my head.  Much of the lyrics jump out at me and pull me in.

Maybe you will understand my take on these words and how they help to enlighten my spirit and draw me closer to Jesus and his mercy.

Here are the lyrics:

Jesus, I am overjoyed

To meet You face to face.

You’ve been getting quite a name

All around the place.

Healing cripples Raising from the dead.

And now I understand You’re God……

At least that’s what You’ve said.

 

So You are the Christ

You’re the great Jesus Christ.

Prove to me that you’re divine

 Change my water into wine.

That’s all you need do

And I’ll know it’s all true.

 C’mon King of the Jews.

 

 Jesus, you just won’t believe

 The hit you’ve made around here.

 You are all we talk about

 The wonder of the year!

 Oh, what a pity If it’s all a lie…

 Still I’m sure that you can rock

 The cynics if you try.

 

 So if you are the Christ

 You’re the great Jesus Christ

 Prove to me that You’re no fool

 Walk across my swimming pool.

 If You do that for me

 Then I’ll let you go free.

 C’mon, King of the Jews!

 

 I only ask things I’d ask any superstar.

 What is it that you have got

 That puts You where You are?

 

I am waiting, yes, I’m a captive fan

I’m dying to be shown

That You are not just any man.

 

 So if you are the Christ

 Yes, the great Jesus Christ

 Feed my household with this bread

 You can do it on your head.

 Or has something gone wrong?

 Why do You take so long?

 Come on, King of the Jews!

 

 Hey, aren’t you scared of me, Christ?

 Mr. Wonderful Christ..

 You’re a joke, You’re not the Lord!

 You are nothing but a fraud!

 Take Him away He’s got nothing to say

 Get out, You King of the get out

 Get out, You King of the Jews

 Get out, You King of the Jews

 Get out of my life!

“King Herod’s Song (Jesus Christ Superstar/Soundtrack Version)” by Josh Mostel

 

Wow…what a deluge of ideas to cover.  So many thoughts and emotions are triggered by the words themselves, and also the delivery by King Herod.  The actor, Josh Mostel, certainly portrayed the part to a tee…filled with the arrogance of the life he has immersed himself in.

However, there is the faintest glimmer of hope and curiosity about the man, Jesus.  Could he really be God?

King Herod has heard about the miracles that Jesus has performed, and he is aware that there is something special about him.

He wants Jesus to be God…in the way that he wants him to be God.  He wants Jesus to perform miracles for him, on command, to prove Jesus’ divinity, in a way that will appease his doubts in the tangible way that he desires.

All the time King Herod is asking for miracles, he is still enmeshed in the ways of the world…in his sinful life.  While he would like proof that Jesus is Lord, he refuses to open his heart to the Truth, by keeping it shut tight within the company of perversion and worldly pleasure.

When Jesus does not perform on demand, and there are no evident miracles, the last line is very telling for all of us…

Get out, You King of the Jews… Get out of my life!

When we don’t want to change, or things don’t go as we think they should, we don’t want the “burden” of having Jesus in our lives.  We don’t want the guilt of admitting we are sinners. We keep him at arm’s length, and even banish him completely, in order for us to stay “comfortable” in our current life choices.

We are living in a time of great delusion, perversion, and immorality.  We have lost the ability to love each other, and in many cases, do not even have a clue as to how to have a real and true relationship with those that God places in our lives.

We are engrossed in our own circle of diversion that blind us to the Truth…which is Jesus.

In times of trouble we beg God to change our lives and perform miracles for ourselves and our loved ones.

All the while, surrounded with our arrogant and sinful lives.  We have the audacity to ask for miracles, for God to prove he is God, at the same time that we refuse to even consider changing our lives.

We surround ourselves with distractions…movies, music, books, fashion, politics, culture, spiritualism, fleshly desires, and miss what has always been right in our grasp.  Just like Herod, and his “posse.”

Did you notice the line, “I’m dying to be shown that You are not just any man.”  Yes, our spirits are dying, and in need of Jesus’ saving grace.  Our souls are longing to be saved.

If we only dare to break away from the deceit and sin that we have surrounded ourselves in…and humbly ask Jesus into our hearts and lives. To choose to believe, and then  pray that Jesus blesses us with the gift of faith.

And we must be willing to walk away from the ideas and things that are holding us captive in our self-imposed desolation.

Only then will we realize full relationship with Jesus…by trusting him and his ways in our lives, even when we might not see our prayers being answered in the way we think they should be.

My prayer is that in the midst of our confusion and the deceit that the world is surrounding us with, that we allow Jesus to shine his light into our souls and illuminate the darkness that resides within us.

And that we take that crucial step of faith toward the mercy and grace that Jesus is offering us…and allow him to start peeling away the layers of deception that have kept us from him.

Only then will we understand the miracles that are happening around us each and every moment. Even when we do not “demand” those miracles.

 

Jesus replied, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”  Matt 4:7

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

 

 

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Searching for Miracles

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Many people are on a never ending quest for miracles… looking for evidence that the Lord is working in their lives.  They wonder why God is not revealing himself to them, or to the world in general.

I see things much differently.  Our Lord communicates and speaks to us constantly.  He reveals himself to us in many different ways, and if we invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts, and ask that he open our eyes and ears to him, we will discover the never ending  miracles and blessings of each new day.  The miracles are always there, we just need to expect and be open to them!

This is a little miracle that God blessed me with today.  If I didn’t keep a journal, I would have missed it.  The knowledge that the Lord is ever so close, and sometimes chooses to reveal himself through unexplainable events in my life, just overwhelms me!

So, here is what happened:

My husband and I have been re-watching the old series “Lost.”  Although I know it is not biblically correct, there are many interesting characters, and the story line is filled with symbolism and spirituality.  This series is making me think even more than usual about how our lives all interconnect, and how the Lord is always working all things toward good.  While I was thinking yesterday, I remembered a dream I had in the past about my son and his wife. My curiosity about the dream led me to pick up my journal to investigate.  I randomly opened the notebook to the correct page.

The entry was written on February 4, 2015, and I described the dream I had the night before.  The dream was kind of silly…my son and his wife were telling me excitedly that they were being sent baby powder every day for the rest of their life.  At the time, I remember knowing in my heart that the dream meant a baby would be coming soon!

I had the dream on February 3rd, exactly one year from the date little Brayden was born into our world!  Wow!

This is just a little reminder from God that he is with us always, and there is always more going on in our “unseen” than we are aware of.  The dream was a gift to me, and I would have missed the significance if I did not write it down, along with the date.

Dear Lord, help us to open our eyes of faith, so that we can see, hear, and feel your presence in our lives.  Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that your love touches all the hearts that we encounter in our daily lives.  Help us to always believe, even when we don’t see, hear, or feel you in our lives…for you are always with us.

 


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The Christmas Chair

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As I get older, I realize that true joy is found in the blessings of “moments.”  I would like to share one of those moments with you.

Twenty one years ago, my husband, our two sons, and I moved from Northeastern Ohio to the Northern VA/DC area.  It was a traumatic move that happened rather quickly.

My husband and I were in dire need of employment, and the Youngstown area did not offer much opportunity.  Through friends of friends, we were made aware of available positions for both of us, in Springfield, VA, at the same company.  We would be starting at entry level positions…with room to grow.  When I called to inquire about the positions, I was told that we would need to be there on Monday, ready for work.  Did I tell you I called on a Wednesday?  That gave us two and a half days to pull some of our belongings together, and make the drive to Virginia on Saturday.

At this time in our lives, we were pretty much broke.  It will take a very full post to share all the miracles and all the ways that things just “fell into place” regarding our move…that story will be shared soon!  The four of us drove to Virginia  in a car we borrowed from my dad, with as much “stuff” as we could shove in the trunk and around the boys in the back seat.  We had enough cash for gas, some food, and a little to carry with us.  We were moving and living on faith.  We knew the Lord would carry us through our journey.

Coni is the woman who opened the door for us by offering us both a position in the company she worked for.  Not only did she offer us jobs, she offered, and insisted that our family of four stay with their family until we got on our feet.  Coni, Kevin (her husband), and their son, opened their beautiful home to us for what turned in to two and a half months.  Although we helped as much as we could once the paychecks started coming in, they never asked us for anything at all.  Jesus was definitely working through them.

We made the initial move to Virginia on December 4th, and then needed to drive to Ohio for Christmas and to pick up more of our belongings from our home.  That Christmas was a very lean one…we were unable to buy any Christmas presents at all.

What we didn’t know, was that Coni and Kevin had snuck some wrapped gifts into the trunk for all of us.   Our thirteen and ten year old sons knew, but were told to keep it a secret.

When we pulled up into the driveway of what still was “home” to us, my heart filled up and I had to just swallow the emotions I was feeling.  I kind of turned off my feelings, because I didn’t want my sons to know how much I was missing “home.”  Since we would only be there for a few days,  there were no Christmas decorations.  The thought that it was the last time we would be sleeping in our home was hanging heavy in the air.  None of us articulated what we were feeling.

What we didn’t know, was that Michael (our youngest) snuck into the crawlspace and pulled out our twinkle lights.  He then proceeded to wrap them around and around our recliner by the front window…where our tree usually stood.  The decorated, lit up chair was in the “laid back”  position, with the gifts that Coni and Kevin had sent for us laying underneath.  It was such a sweet, joyful moment, that I have tears in my eyes as I write this.

Needless to say, after experiencing the “Christmas Chair”, we realized how important it was to enjoy our last Christmas in our home.  We all dragged some decorations from the crawlspace, hung the wreath and displayed the Nativity Set.

I thank God every day for my husband, and my sons who teach me time after time  what is truly important in life.  I also thank God for all of the special  friends He has blessed us with over the years.

And we will always have a special place in our hearts for Coni, Kevin, and Robbi…who as “casual friends” that hardly even knew us at that time, chose to open their hearts and their home to our family, to help us on our journey.

My wish for you during this beautiful Christmas Season, is that you keep your hearts open to all the simple, beautiful moments that are presented to you and your family each and every day.  These moments are the true gifts that the Lord blesses us with.


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Shooting Stars and Miracles

Sometimes I am not sure who really does the most “teaching” in families…the parents or the children.

In my own family, I know that my two sons taught me some awesome truths.  They helped to stretch me out of the confined box I had unknowingly built myself into.  As all you parents will identify with, the love and connection that my husband and I felt for them was something that we never felt before.  However, even where there is great love, there is always more to learn about what love really is.

It feels like both yesterday and a lifetime ago, our family had the opportunity to camp out at a friend’s beautiful property, which included 110 acres of wooded land and a lake.  We had a wonderful time there…it was the kind of place that was so far away from city lights, that the night was intensely peaceful and black.  When you looked up, you could see a sky filled with beautiful stars.  It was breathtaking, and so peaceful.  It was like heaven; our family being together in that beautiful setting, just enjoying the stars and the sounds of crickets and frogs.

My youngest son, Michael, who was about 10 years old at the time, was excitedly telling me that he just saw some shooting stars.  I said, “Are you sure that’s what you saw?  Have you ever seen a shooting star before?”  He answered, “Mom, I see them all the time.”

I told him I never saw a shooting star.

That’s when he uttered words that stay with me to this day.  He said, “Mom, you never see them because you don’t look for them.”

And guess what happened.  I looked upwards, and I saw a shooting star!  My heart was amazed!  From the mouth of babes, a spiritual truth was revealed to me.

God is all around us.  He is in the air we breathe, the sun that shines on us, the flowers and trees, the oceans, the rain that falls from the sky, the sounds and beauty of the birds in the air and all the animals, the moon, planets  and stars in the sky.  He is in our children, spouses, parents, friends, relatives, neighbors, and all the people of the world.

The Lord’s Holy Spirit and his miracles are always around us…why don’t we see them?  Why do we think miracles do not exist on a daily basis?

Because we are not looking for them.

Today, when I was walking and praying with my Lord, He spoke to me.  He told me to always keep myself open to Him, and I will be amazed at what is revealed.  There will always be a new thing of beauty to see, there will always be a new beautiful song to hear, there will always be a new opportunity to love.  God’s creativity is endless.

Are you ready to really look for God all around you?  You will find Him everywhere…starting right in your own heart.

And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?   Matthew 21:16

Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.   Isaiah 48:6