Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Old Testament: Jeremiah 6:9-15
Psalms: Psalms 93, 96
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Evening Psalms: Psalms 34


“But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.”
(Psalm 34:16)

I read somewhere recently that 30 percent of adults claim to regularly daydream about being celebrities. What a surprising number, no? Only 30 percent? I would have thought it was well over 50. Perhaps I'm biased, what with a lot of my friends being the notorious self-documenting, 20-somethings who popularize phrases like, “YouTube Famous." I think we really are edging closer to Andy Warhol's "everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" future.

There's a little-known phenomenon among actual hyper-famous celebrities: they don't understand social media. Just for example, Rapper DMX doesn’t know how email works, and Julia Roberts thinks twitter happens on a pager. It makes me think that there's a connection, and that we're all striving for the same thing, regardless of age or number of Instagram followers: we want to be noticed and remembered. I’m not sure fame is inherently bad, but for the blip in time that we all get to be on Earth, I feel like it can't be that important. My Facebook wall is probably not evil, but it will almost certainly not be remembered. What is worth remembering and searching for is almost always found in friendship and prayer.

LORD, Help me to pray like a foodie tweets: constantly. I promise not to clog up your feed with complaints about the line at the bank. Rather, I promise to be honest, and to be myself. Help me to avoid things that would have you turn your face away in sadness. Help me to honor the memory of your Son through my actions remembered. Amen.

TB (3/8/15)

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