My blogging buddies (and real-life friends) Kerry and Katherine both used my sunglasses-at-night story in recent blog posts and sermons. Kerry used it as the intro to her Blue Christmas sermon in the middle of Advent, illustrating the way grief often fogs our vision. Katherine used it as a way to talk about repentance and resolutions at the turn of the new year.
I am tickled that my ridiculous middle-of-the-night shenanigans proved helpful to someone, and it got me thinking: What else could that story be good for? Could it be a truly universal metaphor that could be illustrate any point one wanted to make? I nearly used it in my Epiphany sermon last week, just for the fun of it – you know, the light revealed and all that. I ended up talking about Galileo and the Hubble space telescope and science museums instead. I tried my darndest to work in the Indigo Girls song Galileo; I couldn’t quite make that work but the sermon turned out pretty fun nonetheless.
But I digress.
Here’s a challenge for you: could we come up with a way to use this story for every liturgical season or major holiday? Pentecost? Transfiguration? (Come one, that one’s easy.) Maundy Thursday? Good Friday? Easter morning? (Also easy.) Christ the King Sunday? Thanksgiving? Heck, while we’re at it, Fourth of July? Veteran’s Day?
Come on, play along. You know you want to.