Tuesdevo: Imagine That

They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” – John 12:21.

Simon & Garfunkel sang a song with a rather scathing lyric.  It was all about “My Little Town”, and it laments that all that can be seen by the local townsfolk when they look at a rainbow is black:

And after it rains there’s a rainbow, and all of the colors are black.

It’s not that the colors aren’t there.  It’s just imagination they lack

Everything’s the same back in my little town

Philosophers discuss and debate the definition of “real”.  Is what you see “real”, or is it just the way you see it?  Does red look the same for everyone?  (And what about those of us who are color blind!) January 28 - Little Girl

Listening to S & G sing “My Little Town”, we are left to wonder if the problem is the town, or the singer?  The song is sparse in length, but deep in meaning.  Both the lyrics and the melody suggest to us a sameness to life that can become deadly.  Factories that pollute the air; laundry drying “in the dirty breeze”.  Is this mundane sameness part of the routine that enables dad to work at the factory and mom to stay home and clean?  Is this what it means to “provide for the family” back in the day?

With a little more imagination, might the singer have found something worthwhile, maybe even beautiful with regard to his town and its inhabitants?  Is he the victim of his own critique?

If things seem to be bland where you are today, perhaps you are seeing it correctly … or maybe things would look better if you could employ a little more imagination.  Jesus was a master story-teller.  He employed his own imagination such that he created powerful images for others – images that convicted them, comforted them, empowered them.  Even when it seemed to everyone else that there was “nothing but the dead and dying …”, Jesus saw life and healing.

May what Jesus sees be what we see today.  It can happen – it might require some imagination on our part, but it can happen.


Simon & Garfunkel – My Little Town

Interesting blog on the use of Imagination

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.