by Melissa Guthrie Loy —
It so happens that August’s worship theme is movies and this Sunday’s movie is The Greatest Showman. Confession: I haven’t seen the film. I’m eager to watch the movie on my own and I can’t wait to hear Sunday’s sermon, “Everybody’s Got An Act.”
It so happens that this conversation recently occurred with my teenager:
I’m not current when it comes to all the emojis and I accidentally sent my daughter the juggling emoji. But when she brought it to my attention, I sure did find a circus emoji to keep the convo going. (I was curious about emojis in general so I just googled the history of emojis, in case you’re curious, too; or bored.)
Life is a circus. MY life is a circus. I literally have a house full of animals. My spouse and I and the kids are coming and going and there’s energy and excitement. I suppose we’re missing just the popcorn and the bearded lady.
Instead of a bearded lady coloring page, Sunday’s children’s worship bags have a coloring sheet that says “God made me special.” It also includes “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman:
“I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me!”
I am who I’m meant to be. You are who you’re meant to be. We make up an incredible circus.
The biblical image is a body: 1 Corinthians 12:12 says we are one body with many members. But the circus image works, too. Life’s a circus with many acts.
Enjoy each act. Enjoy one another. Use emojis to explore life’s lessons.
photo credit: filmreviewsfromtwoguysinthedark.blogspot.com