Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more comical - I have to admit that it’s been the most entertaining presidential political season in my lifetime. I’d forgotten about the near-contested Ford/Reagan RNC convention in 1976. Some of us might even remember the Barry Goldwater/Nelson Rockefeller kerfuffle in 1964. Never mind that both Ike and Adlai Stevenson had their share of convention issues in ’52 many years before I came along.
What reality TV? This is better than a Big Brother double-eviction night! I don’t know certainly but it’s fair to imagine that the convention has stung the BB ratings just a little bit. My millennial kids and their friends are paying attention. Big time!
Contrast: next week in Philly could be like peeling paint.
I know! Just turn down the sound and put in the earbuds. Or, forget it all and binge-watch House of Cards again. At least Frank and Claire put some serious drama into their relationship—never mind the politics.
It’s like the conventions have become “summer-replacement” TV series. They’re seriously good comedy, but truthfully not that funny at all. It’s our future like it or not.
And it seems like nobody’s paying attention to the Olympics at all. Are you even aware there’s a doping scandal surrounding the Russian team? I just caught up on that this morning.
It’s hard to escape the news, but I’ve been trying to and I hope you are, too. I’ve been paying more attention to the weather. I rode my bike to work every day this week. The mornings have been so pleasant—Becky asked me if I enjoy the wind blowing through my hair. That’s funny, Becky!
But really—as I come rolling downhill on Central toward the church, there’s a spot where just in the distance you can see our steeple poking up through the trees. It makes me smile every time. Not a big deal, but it’s a simple moment of joy to start the day. It’s the little things. Little God-winks.
I need ‘em.
There’s no sign of respite anytime soon so I need something I can count on—something to watch for—to look forward to. I need them badly because the rest of the world just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.
Curiouser and curiouser.
Grace & Peace,