Sunday, August 17, 2008

Joan of Arcadia

Link of the Day
Stray Thoughts

Saying for the Day:
I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. ~Author Unknown
Picture of the Day:
The Days Wrap UP :
It has been a long hot day but a good one. In the morning we went to Church where Pennie and I did the children's sermon. Pennie was great with her Margaret puppet and ability to make thibgs up on the spot. The children were fantastic. I thanked Pastor Steve for giving us the opportunity. After Church we went to Green Bay and the Brown County Fair. This is a nice fair but it was so hot. Fairs bring back memories of my youth when I raised pigeons and chickens and brought them to the UP fair. My son Peter and my granddaughter and grandson met us there. We went out to eat with them afterward. Then we came home and I updated the St. Mark's website. Now i really need a breathing treatment.
Joan of Arcadia
I have a new favorite TV show, Joan of Arcadia. It runs on Friday night on the Science Fiction channel. I guess it is a rerun of a show that ran on CBS some years ago but I didn’t see it then.
It is about a girl named Joan and her experiences with God. At various times God comes to her as teacher, TV repairman, bus driver, garbage man and other people we see every day. God tells her what he wants her to do but never tells her why or what the outcome will be.
For example God tells her to have a garage sale. She doesn’t know why. She does know it is in the way of her social life. She encounters this charming young man who wants to take her out at the time of the garage sale. She almost cancels the sale. She can’t see any reason for it. Her parents aren’t very cooperative trying to protect things that should be thrown away. But she goes ahead. Because of the sale she discovers the boy is not to be trusted and her mother has a chance to share a secret with her. Both are good but not expected outcomes.
I love this show because that’s the way God touches my life. Through ordinary people around me God lets me know what he wants. It might be through the Pastor, my wife, my children, strangers, and even on a rare occasion a Bishop. I begin to know in my heart this is what God wants but I often don’t know why. If I obey the outcome is good.
It was like when I was convinced I would be on the ventilator forever ( three specialists said so). Three of my children and a Bishop said I should go to Mayo’s. I couldn’t see why. I t couldn’t change anything. Then I got the little story in the E-mail and I knew God was talking to me. So I went and the results were a miracle.
So I love this show. Every week I wait to see how the instruction will play out. Every week the writers make the miracle happen.
I can understand why CBS canceled this show when it was still popular. It was too Christian for American TV.
But I love it.

News from Pigeon Falls
-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
The place to be in Pigeon Falls last night was the talent show.
Vicki East started it off with a brand new song about two young people in love. They plan on getting married but his National Guard unit gets called to Iraq. There he gets blown up. At the end of the song the girl is at the railroad station waiting for his body to be brought home. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place when she finished.
Then came the announcement of the Pigeon Days Queen. Some people were hoping that it would be a repeat of the Cinderella story of two years ago but it wasn’t to be. Belinda Brown was the runner up and will get to ride in the Pigeon Day Parade but not to wear the crown. The Queen was Virgina Farthing . The other three girls were very upset that Belinda was picked over them but they tried to act gracious.
The Queen announcement was followed by three regular performances that were letter perfect . Then came Mayor Trumble. She dazzled them with her somersaults in midair. Then it was announced she was going to try the almost impossible four roll somersault. She swung on the trapeze back and forth until she was ready and then left go. The somersaults began, one, two, three, and then four. But now her fingers missed the bar and she is crashing toward the stage. You could have heard a pin drop. But just before she hit and broke she stopped. She sopped in midair about a foot off the stage. It was all a trick. She had a safety harness on an almost invisible line. She pulled a cord and dropped to the stage standing. The audience stood and cheered and clapped. It was a great performance.
The rest of the acts went well. Then the Last Lutheran Choir invited the audience to join them in singing “This Land is Your Land”. The house lights came up and the words were on the back of the program. As were the words to the last song “ God be with you till we meet again”.
Everybody said it was the greatest Pigeon Days Talent Show ever.


Anonymous quilly said...

Oh. And I thought that you were about to reveal that the mayor is either and elf or a fairy.

I am off to bed now. Your day is starting, mine is just wrapping up. Have a blessed Sunday!

3:21 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

What a show-woman that Mayor Trumble is!

3:56 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

WHEN does this Joan of Arcadia play? WHAT channel? I want to watch this show! WOW! Something I could finally enjoy!!! I bet it doesn't play in our area... I'm gonna look though! (thank you!) And that is JUST how God works in MY life too! I thought that's how he works for everybody... no?

Oh, I am sO sad that I didn't get to see last nights talent show! Krysti dragged me out to shop for her college stuff... and well, you know... I'd already seen the Mayor's act twice... geeeeeez... I was really HOPING Belinda would win... but at least it wasn't Donna Maki! I'm sure Virginia will do the town proud! She's such a sweet girl!

6:05 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

So did Vicki East sing along with the Last Lutheran Choir when they asked the audience to join in? I wonder if it made people cry.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Lanny said...

Nice post today. Much to think on from top to bottom. I am very joy filled that you have miracles in your life.

8:21 AM  
Blogger jmb said...

So where do you get all these sayings of the day Dr John? Do you have a special book of them or have you been collecting them for years?

5:45 PM  
Blogger Melli said...

Ya know what? Even though you REALLLLY need a breathing treatment - I'm so glad that you go and go and push yourself and HAVE FUN! Some people would just sit in the house and feel pity for themselves... and that's just NOT the way to be! I wish I had been there to see you & Pennie do the children's sermon! I bet it was FABULOUS! :)

7:26 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I loved Joan of Arcadia when the series first ran 2 years ago on CBS.

Then they stopped her after only 2 seasons. We need more prime time shows like Highway to Heaven, Little House, Waltons... some good family stuff.

Without the typical dramas we find today.

8:23 PM  
Blogger Penelda said...

Has the mayor been watching the olympics. God moves in our lives all the time but sometimes he lets us see the footprints and other times we don't. Thanks for the fair trip today.

Your daughter

8:48 PM  
Blogger tsduff said...

That talent show really sounds like you were there. What a great trick with the harness.

5:11 PM  

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