Another weekend. Gone.
It happens every Monday.
Someone Everyone greets each other with “Hi, how was your weekend?” What they are expecting to hear is “Fine” to which they respond “That’s nice.” You could be in a wheelchair wearing 3 casts and breathing through a tube and they would still expect to hear “Fine” so they can chirp “That’s nice” because they are walking and not looking. My answer is usually “I forget” or “Let me think.” It just doesn’t matter anymore.
I have noticed as I get older that time is spinning faster and faster just like that last roll of toilet paper as it gets closer and closer to the core. Weekends are breaking records. They pick up speed significantly around noon on Saturday and accelerate to the speed of a freight train on steroids until they crash into the alarm clock Monday morning, violently pitching me out of bed.
I have choices on weekends–plans that I can make in advance to brighten up this nano-second in time with something memorable. Or I can vegatate with the remote, or search for the misplaced ToDo list. Or not. This particular weekend we chose wisely — a bright spot. We attended a performance of Star Queen at the church.
Ya gotta check it out here. Just do it. This is not Amateur Night. These guys have the goods. They are pros. Just because it’s in a church…okay, I made my point. They read the Book of Esther in the Bible of all places and made it into a musical. And wrote the music. Jazzy, imrov, funny. Something you’d see on Broadway. I’m impressed. I’m even more impressed that John tommy Oaks, educated, experienced in the field of music, and highly trained, is using his talents and training in a ministry when he could be setting fires in the secular music industry. God bless you, J.t.
Oh! And here’s the website: http://www.johnthomasoaks.com/star-queen.html
Have you ever, when looking for something to do, thought to pick up a Bible and read a story in the Old Testament? Me, neither. Is the language a little stuffy, a little hard to follow? Pick up a Message translation. It’s a read-aloud paraphrase that talks to you like someone at street level.
There’s Xerxes the King, Esther, the drop-dead gorgeous Jewess (sshh, that’s a secret) queen, her cousin Mordecai the Jew, evil Haman (picture the black hat, cape, and handlebar mustache [yah ah ah] and hiss at him), a cast of several, and pagan parties in which the king orders excessive drinking. A phrase you’ve heard several times if you’re over the age of 10, is “for such a time as this.” Yup, that’s from the Book of Esther. Also, “if I perish, I perish.” Book of Esther again. Esther’s name is translated Star and she was the Queen in Persia. Star. Queen. Get it? ok, then.
John tommy and sometimes his dad, Thomas, or someone else, travel with Star Queen. All parts are played by as few as two of them, using hats and wigs. They’re not just East TN performers although this is home. Contact them. Invite them to your church, community playhouse, whatever. This is a production not to be missed.
Tomorrow is Monday. Again. After the train crashes at 5-whatever, that’s a.m., I’ll coax the sleep out of my eyes and head for work. As I make very sure the coffee pot is running and check the email, someone will cruise past my door and ask how my weekend was. They’d better slow down, ’cause this time I have an answer other than just “Fine.”