Rejoice (Lent #41)

There are few things in this world that generate more excitement in my family than a trip to the local cinema.  This is especially true when we go to catch a movie we’ve been greatly anticipating.

The phenomenon was on display this weekend when we had an opportunity to view Oz, The Great and Powerful.

From earlier previews and trailers we knew this was one we wanted to see in the theaters.  And, it didn’t disappoint.  Great visuals, a good story and some decent acting all came together to the delight of my clan.

Now as wonderful as the movie was/is and as much as we enjoyed it, the film was somewhat upstaged by a stand-up out in the lobby.

Before we even entered through the glass doors, they spotted it.  An advertisement for Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs…wait for it…2!

Cloudy2The doors were flung open as the children raced inside and danced around the display.

There was much rejoicing!

Perhaps because we so loved the first installment (check my related post here)? Perhaps because we have the dry sense of humor featured in the film?  Perhaps because we like the idea of mutant food?  I’m not sure there is a rational explanation, but we are excited about this movie.  I’m certain we’ll talk about it before it comes out.  We’ll watch the trailer and imagine how the storyline will develop.  We’ll quote lines from Cloudy 1 and generally giggle and laugh and take much delight in the fact there is going to be a Cloudy 2.

It’s a movie.  An animated movie.  For this we rejoice?

Why not?

Isn’t this what we do with the things we love?  Isn’t this what rejoicing is all about?

And what if we began to rejoice this way concerning God?  What if our rejoicing stemmed from a relationship with Jesus?  What if Church – the people we are doing life with – shared in this rejoicing?  Now that would be something to rejoice about!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

Life is better together,
Shawn

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