No way, Willie!
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.
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.
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!
Posted on Tue, November 17, 2015
by Doug Meister