I don’t watch many movies. I’m not the guy you want to ask about the latest release… it’s not that I have anything against movies per se, its that I’m one of those people that only catches bits and pieces of them…

In fact, it probably took me three years to finally see the entirety of Pirates of the Caribbean.

But movies… or rather scenes from movies tend to stick with me and I often think about them in relation to everyday life. The interesting thing is that, as I think about it, this way of watching films is oddly akin to life in general: you never know someone’s beggining, middle or end. We really only catch glimpses of the people we interact with on a daily basis.

And this is the way its supposed to be… “

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

” (1 Cor 13:12) We’re not meant to know everything about the people we meet in our lives… it’s quite possible we wouldn’t be able to function if we did know everything about them.

No, God is the only one able to follow the entire earthly narrative, to grasp all its interconnecting plot lines, its heros, heroines and villians. And so, it may be that watching bits and pieces of movies is good practice for real life… it helps with patience and it keeps us from thinking that we know the whole story–that’s God’s job; he’s the film maker…

One Monkey
from the album “Soul Journey” by Gillian Welch

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