“If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. But be the best little shrub on the side of the hill. Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the flesh and raised up those who were sleeping from the ages. God has died in the flesh, and the underworld has trembled. Truly he goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; he wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, he who is God, and Adam’s son. The Lord goes in to them holding his victorious weapon, his cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: “My Lord be with you all.” And Christ in reply says to Adam: “And with your spirit.” And grasping his hand he raises him up, saying, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” “I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.” “I command you: Awake, sleeper, I have not made you to be held a prisoner in the underworld. Arise from the dead; I am the life of the dead. Arise, O man, work of my hands, arise, you who were fashioned in my image. Rise, let us go hence; for you in me and I in you, together we are one undivided person.” (quoted in For All the Saints, vol. III, p. 1037)
We’ve been watching the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood marathon on Twitch, which is about the happiest thing I can imagine doing. He was always so kind and gentle and caring, and it’s nice to take a break from the “real world” and spend some time just being chill. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first national broadcast of his show, as well as his 90th birthday, here’s a quote from “Let’s Be Together Today,” my favorite of his many awesome songs:
Let’s go right away,
Go somewhere today,
Let’s be together and stay and stay.
Let’s go together today right away.
Let’s be together today.
I think we all – I think all of us – want to feel something that we’ve forgotten or turned our backs on because maybe we didn’t realize how much we were leaving behind. We need to remember what used to be good. If we don’t, we won’t recognize it even if it hits us between the eyes. Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30
“The Olympic Games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.” Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee
“All right! Let’s protect peace and have cake.” Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon R
“I’ll take it lying down, standing up or in a semi-recumbent posture.” Penelope Wilton as Isobel Crawley on Downton Abbey