wait, that wasn't real?

I did have my doubts.

When I was watching the inauguration and I saw yo-yo ma, I told Cheryl, "oh!  I love that guy, I wonder how he's playing so awesome with such cold fingers.

This is a little different than the performances of the Olympics in China where a "less attractive" little girl sang and the prettier one showed the face.  In this case, the instruments just wouldn't perform to the musician's tastes.  It would have sounded horrible if they had tried playing out there in those cold temperatures.

Things are not always as they seem, eh?

You know, this happens in the church sometimes too.  The hardest sermon I ever preached was the Sunday after my grandmother passed away.  There are some times that we, as pastors, have to swallow our lives and preach the Gospel that we've been called to.  Life can get in the way.  What is a minister supposed to do when we are in deserts and its hard for us to hear God's voice?  Could you imagine if I stood up one Sunday and said, "hey, I don't feel like it today.  No good news from God."

All ministers (i.e. Christians) have to deal with this truth.  Sometimes we do it well and sometimes we don't.  What if I let my personal feelings about politics change how often I pray (or not pray) for a president or elected official?  If Christians live in assurance, is it better to pre-record our performances when the temperature of life drops too low for a good "show"?

Soon, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday on February 25th.  Its a Christian holiday where we grapple with the mortality and fallen nature of our very existence.  Its a weird time for me because I often encounter Christians who say, "umm, aren't we supposed to be happy as Christians?  What gives with all this moping and woe-is-me attitude?"

Do you think the attempt to take ourselves certain places or to push aside other emotions is detrimental to our living into our faithfulness?