Friday, April 4, 2008

Revelation Friday Five

It's time for the Friday Five! Sally over at RevGalBlogPals writes: With this Sunday's gospel reading in mind, that wonderful revelation of Christ to the companions on the Emmaus road, I wonder where you might have been surprised by God's revelation recently. So with no further waffle I offer you this weeks Friday 5:

How has God revealed him/herself to you in a:

First let me say that "revealed" might be a big word. For me it would be more like hints or glimmers... Having said that, here goes:

1. Book
I recently read the autobiography Time Traveler: A Scientist's Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality by Ronald Mallett. Mallet's life goal was to build a time machine so that he could see his beloved father again (who died when the author was, I think, eleven). He shares his struggles with racism and depression as he became a physicist, and he describes his research into black holes and circulating lasers -- which he believe drag time into a closed loop suitable for time travel. I think God is in Mallett's journey and definitely in the science.

I'll have to go with the last two films I've seen (which were recommended by Offspring #2): Cinema Paradiso and Kite Runner. I think you can catch glimmers of God in the complex relationships between the characters.

3. Song
I love songs about roads, rivers, and traveling -- obviously a theological undertone there. Just last night I added a "blog tunes" box. It's only got one song so far, "Travelin Thru". It's a great tune, written by Dolly Parton and performed by a contestant on American Idol. (OK, I'm sort of embarrassed to like Dolly Parton and American Idol, but there you have it.) Click to listen!

4. Another person
Perhaps a recent example would be an elderly patient of mine. I think I've seen him for the past 15 years or so, and he's in his 90's now. At our last visit he said, "I'm not afraid to die. I look at it like being in a theater watching a movie that is nearing the end. I'm satisfied because it's been a good movie."

5. Creation
Ah, this is why I love the Empty Nest Hiking Club -- "connecting" with the ocean, mountains, forests, etc.

Bonus answer: your choice- share something encouraging/ amazing/ humbling that has happened to you recently!
Hmm... our recent trip to NYC was amazing (see earlier blog post)!


Diane said...

don't be embarrassed to say you like Dolly Parton! Ever since I heard her sing on a live album two hymns a capella and totally in pinch, I have a newfound respect for her. She is actually an incredible musician.

I like your number 1, too. Sounds like a neat book.

Sally said...

Love # 5, I need to find something like that!

Presbyterian Gal said...

That's right, what Diane said. Dolly Parton is a highly respected, remarkably talented and gifted musician, singer-songwriter, who I believe is also guided by the HS.

And that book sounds wonderful. Gotta get me a copy.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

look at you with the new look! and Dolly... she's a classic. i think it's the bluegrass roots that convey so much of the faith stuff for her...

like a good movie coming to an end... what a sweet man.

RevAnne said...

Thanks for your visit to mine, and great play indeed. Even if I find Dolly Parton a little hard to relate to.

Sophie's Daughter said...

Great #4! Sweet--like hot cup said.

Singing Owl said...

What Sally said! And I liked the song, and I like Dolly P. and I watch American Idol. :-)

Counselor in Process said...

Thanks. I liked the music from 9-5, and the movie too!

Barbara B. said...

I liked that movie too -- I should watch it again!

David said...

We own 9-5 at home, we bought it last summer :)