Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Five: Almost Groundhog Day Edition

Rev. Pat Raube, at RevGalBlogPals writes:

I have to admit: I never thought much about Groundhog Day.

Then I saw that movie. And an odd holiday that seems to be a remnant of an obscure Pennsylvania German custom took on all sorts of new meaning.

So, in of the movie and the day, I present you with this Almost Groundhog Day Edition of the Friday Five!

1. The Holiday:  On a scale of 1-5 (with 1 representing, "Hey! Stop hating on the most awesome season ever!" and 5 representing, "Green. NOW."), how much are you hankering for spring? And what is, to you, a true sign that it is actually on its way?

I'd give it a 3.  It's almost/already spring here, which I love.  I'm not looking forward to the "traditional" spring months here because they bring blowing sand and increasingly hot temperatures. However, spring is not really here until the trees start to bud.

2. The Film: Seen it? If yes, Love it? Hate it? Meh?

Enjoy it.  Love the theme of possible change and redemption.  Love comedy.  Like Bill Murray.

3. The Meaning: If you could relive one day of your life, what one would it be?

It's actually two days:  the days our sons were born/came home with us, and their adoption days.

4. The Meaning, Part 2: If you had to relive one day of your life over and over until you got something right (a la the Bill Murray character in the film), what day would that be?

 Not sure about this one.  I try not to live in the past and with regret.  If I think about it for too long, there are several I can come up with!

5. The Meaning, Part 3: If you had to design a life-changing experience for a fairly despicable human being (as is, for example, the Bill Murray character at the film's start), what would it be? How, given all sorts of unlikely powers to bend time and take control of another person's personal growth, would you do it?

I think of a recent experience where another pastor, from a different tradition and with a different understanding of scriptural interpretation than mine, shouted me down at a ministerial meeting ("I rebuke you!  I rebuke you!" ) while talking about a hot button issue.  I'd not change him to believe as I do, but to be open to a new understanding of scripture and being able to hear me.

I don't really want that power;  too tempting!  :)

Thanks for the Friday Five, Pat!  It was fun!

And for the rest of you, if you could change someone or something, what would it be?


  1. Whoa. "I rebuke you." I don't want to make light of that man's faith at all, but seriously? The arrogance. But really, what it is, is fear.

    You have such a balanced, whole-hearted understanding of difference. Thanks so much for playing RevTSB!

  2. I'm not a fan of wind either...yesterday we have -20 degrees.

  3. Literally, "I rebuke you." Wow. I'm so sorry.

    I came up with a few for #4, but the more I thought about it, especially the one I referenced, however vaguely, on my play, I don't know how much I could make a difference. It was a good exercise for me, to realize that I can't control other people's actions.

  4. Wow, rebuked! I had the same response to the movie. I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the message

  5. That sounds scary to have someone shout you down. I suspect part of the reason the Bill Murray character changed through his reliving is that he actually realized that is what was happening.