My Sanctuary

Dominieswife2006_lr_1It’s been a long week of rehearsals for the Tulip Time show, The Dominie’s Wife. Wendy and I have been at the theater every night. But it’s been fun to feel things begin to flow. There’s something that happens in the run of a show – when the blocking is done and the actors begin to let the characters emerge on stage. You stop thinking about lines and where you’re going. You just begin to feel the moment to be that character. I might get in trouble with the anti-Harry Potter crowd here, but the only word I can use to describe it is magical.

Wendy and I watched Remember the Titans last weekend. There’s a scene where Denzel Washington’s character walks out on the football field, takes a deep breath and says "this is my sanctuary." I get the same feeling being in the theatre, walking around back stage, standing in the shadows waiting for the bright lights to hit you when you walk out. My spirit feels at home there.

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Artists Have a Harder Time at Holiness?

Andy Rau at the site ThinkChristian had a recent post in which he quoted poet Czeslaw Milosz as saying that artists have a more difficult time living a holy life in some respects. I don’t buy it. Artists (no matter what our medium) are famous for our moodiness. But I think we’ve created a false image of the starving artist, the suffering artist, the tortured artist – and I think it’s b.s.

I believe that artists feel things more acutely and see things in a different perspective, which leads to feeling like an outcast at times. Nevertheless, to push this to the point of saying that artists have a harder time being holy – that we have a greater bent to sin – is just silly. In fact, I think it’s pride. "Oh look at me! See how hard life is for me? Take pity on me the tortured artist! I’ve got it harder than all of you! My life is more difficult because I’m an ‘artist’! [rolling my eyes]

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Chapter-a-Day Hosea 3

I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave. Then I told her, "From now on you’re living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You’re living with me and I’m living with you." Hosea 3:2-3 (TM)

You can’t understand the prophets until you understand metaphor. God is an artist and all artists use metaphor. A thing which represents something else without using ‘like’ or ‘as’. What you see is really just an expression of some other idea or emotion. Hosea was asked to marry a whore and take her back again and again because it was the perfect metaphor for God’s relationship, His marriage to Israel.

Hosea needs one heckuva big reward for being so obedient. Not only did he face the social consequences of marrying a whore, but then when she went back to her prostitution and promiscuity – Hosea paid good money to take her back! Now I know the reputation of our Jewish friends when it comes to money. Being a Dutchman, I know a thing or two about being tight-fisted. Wow! Can you imagine that he got a little flack about that down at the coffe shop by the city gate?

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Chapter-a-Day Hosea 3

I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave. Then I told her, "From now on you’re living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You’re living with me and I’m living with you." Hosea 3:2-3 (TM)

You can’t understand the prophets until you understand metaphor. God is an artist and all artists use metaphor. A thing which represents something else without using ‘like’ or ‘as’. What you see is really just an expression of some other idea or emotion. Hosea was asked to marry a whore and take her back again and again because it was the perfect metaphor for God’s relationship, His marriage to Israel.

Hosea needs one heckuva big reward for being so obedient. Not only did he face the social consequences of marrying a whore, but then when she went back to her prostitution and promiscuity – Hosea paid good money to take her back! Now I know the reputation of our Jewish friends when it comes to money. Being a Dutchman, I know a thing or two about being tight-fisted. Wow! Can you imagine that he got a little flack about that down at the coffe shop by the city gate?

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Chapter-a-Day Hosea 3

I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave. Then I told her, "From now on you’re living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You’re living with me and I’m living with you." Hosea 3:2-3 (TM)

You can’t understand the prophets until you understand metaphor. God is an artist and all artists use metaphor. A thing which represents something else without using ‘like’ or ‘as’. What you see is really just an expression of some other idea or emotion. Hosea was asked to marry a whore and take her back again and again because it was the perfect metaphor for God’s relationship, His marriage to Israel.

Hosea needs one heckuva big reward for being so obedient. Not only did he face the social consequences of marrying a whore, but then when she went back to her prostitution and promiscuity – Hosea paid good money to take her back! Now I know the reputation of our Jewish friends when it comes to money. Being a Dutchman, I know a thing or two about being tight-fisted. Wow! Can you imagine that he got a little flack about that down at the coffe shop by the city gate?

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Just another wayfarer on life's journey, headed for Home. I'm carrying The Message, and I'm definitely waiting for Guffman.

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