No way, Willie!

No way, Willie!

It’s still a mystery, if you ask me!  And it was all brought home yesterday by a Hallmark movie.  If you know Diane at all, you know she is a BIG fan of the Hallmark network.  She had withdrawal symptoms when we switched service providers a couple of years ago and she learned that the new carrier didn’t include the Hallmark channels in their offerings.  Well, they finally added both the regular Hallmark channel and the Hallmark Movie channel.

So, yesterday when I arrived home from a meeting (to pick up the grocery list and leave for the store) I noticed a Hallmark movie on the television.  Mind you, it was only the 10th day of November and there it was…a Hallmark Christmas movie.  I thought, this must be a response to the manufactured “war on Christmas” currently embroiling the Starbucks Corporation.   I laughed to myself and went to leave…and that’s when I saw it.  Willie Nelson in a Hallmark movie about of all things, Christmas!  Turns out there were a number of other entertainers in the movie as well.  Except that, Willie was an angel.  Your eyes are fine and you can pick your chin up off the floor!  Willie Nelson, one of the most “colorful” entertainers of all time, cast as a really good angel who is looking out for a young family by providing them with a great deal on a house just when they really need a place to move.

I have to admit, I was a bit surprised, if not shocked, that Hallmark would cast him in such a role.  And that’s when it hit me: why not?  We talk about God as a forgiving and compassionate God who forgives our sinfulness, our succumbing to temptations, our failure to love our neighbors, our lack of concern for the marginalized in society, so why not Willie as an angel.  Surely the Hallmark folks aren’t more compassionate and forgiving than the Christians of the world.  Okay, maybe they are.  One thing is for sure, they have provided an example of what we all should be practicing in our faith.  It’s like something I read the other day, “No one can go back and make a brand new start, however anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”  And everyone deserves the chance!  Thank you Hallmark and, yes, you could have waited until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas movies.  But, then, I wouldn’t have had this idea to write about, so I’ll just stay with it’s still a mystery why God loves us enough to let us begin a brand new ending everyday!

DEVELOPED BY COLLISION MEDIA