I love the Academy Awards. The red carpet, the trash-talking about gowns and hairdos, the hush of cramped anticipation before the winner is announced – and oh yeah, the stars in all their glory. Larry & I are having our First Annual Oscars party tonight and I am throwing down the food, y’all. He’s ecstatic that he gets to oversee an entirely overcomplicated voting system and I’m thrilled I get to introduce a whole new crop of friends to my legendary lentil, kale, sausage soup!
But in the midst of lusting after Louboutins, I’m worried about Libya, New Zealand and Wisconsin. Deeply worried. Which makes me feel kinda Nero-esque – partying while people are being shot for protesting in Libya, crushed by aftershocks in New Zealand, and right here in the good old Midwest, stripped of their collective bargaining rights (not the mention the chance to see another season of Two and A Half Men — although that might be a blessing).
Today at church, the sermon was my mom’s absolute favorite – and of course, a timely rebuke to all my obsessing about my upcoming party… “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on …Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?…. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
So for SURE I’m going to stop being superficial and write about all those big, troubling things in the next day or two. But today, I’m just going to be grateful that I get to have a party … and that so many of you wrote to me with your suggestions for my blog 2011! I was really touched by that …although I have to tell you that I’m absolutely not going to be the Consumer Terrorist. I tried it for the week (whilst trying to get one stinking DVR to work) and I can tell you with great certainty – it did not make me a nice person. At all. Turns out I don’t have the slightest ability to keep my happy attitude when I’m being angry at Comcast & the vendors of the world. The gospel was entirely right – worrying about the pixels you will get and seeking better TV reception is the path to Satan’s doorstep (or worse, channeling your own inner demon). So … it’s back to giving and being glad.
Happy Sunday, Happy Oscars & Happy lilies, everybody!
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Thanks! I love this!
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We had the same sermon but Fr. John said the poor shall not inherit the earth—-that our wealth is distributed grossly…..our congressmen are gluttons and the sparrows store up plenty of fat all summer long.
Wow — I dig your Father John !
did you have to mention your kale lentil sausage soup~ which belongs at the super bowl party anyway?
yeah, Laurie, I know — but when it comes to cooking, I’m a one-trick pony. Unlike you, darling! wish you were there! xooxox b
…and I thank you and hope you enjoy your party. there are many scriptures we could pull but I do like the one about the seasons and a time for everything… so by all means, enjoy your party:)
… and then also remember 1Corinthians 13 is not just for weddings… we go forward and basing our life on the attributes of love, we get on with what is needful. Please don’t blog about anything that could make you not a ‘nice person’ because we love you the way you truly are.
Dear Jan & John, What a lovely note! I am a big fan of 1 Corinthians 13, too — and for sure, there can never be too much love let loose in the world!
It’s funny but just feeling cranky and mad for two days about my television made me long desperately to stay in an uplifted place, and be inspired by the people and things
I wrote about last year. So … life is clearly moving me where it wants me to be! xoxoxo B