Friday, March 20, 2015

Seasons of Love

From the interim pastor

March 20, 2015

            I’m sure you have had songs playing over and over in your head.  You can’t get rid of it; it just stays until it goes away on its own.  The term is “worming.”  You hear a song and it “worms” its way into your head, and like a tape recorder it just keeps playing whether you want it to or not.
            A few days the song “Seasons of Love” wormed its way into my head.  The difference here is that I don’t remember the last time I heard the song.  Since then I have listened to it numerous times.  It is captivating and compelling for me.
            “Seasons of Love” comes from the musical “Rent.”  Rent is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson[1] loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. (www.wikipedia.com)

            Some of the lyrics for “Seasons of Love” go like this:
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty five thousand moments, oh dear
Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, a year in the life?
How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love

You can listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj7LRuusFqo

            It reminds me that Jesus’ time with us on earth was limited.  Three years of ministry, each year having Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes.
            What an impact he made in those 1,576,800 minutes. 
            Today we are sixteen days away from celebrating the day we followers of Jesus call Easter.  It is the day we remember the resurrection.  Whether you believe in the bodily resurrection or not, it is a day of celebration.  He lives in so many ways.
            But in the meantime, the season of Lent…or the season of Love continues.  Let’s live and love well so that our time here on earth can be measured in love, too.

Prayers for the journey,

Pastor Peg

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