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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What would you say?

by Tom Pappas

 “What would you say is the most beautiful part of life?” Ka asked.
There was silence. “All of it!” said Necip, as if he were betraying a secret.

I have been ruminating on this quote from the book Snow by Orhan Pamuk since we read it the other night. (Explanation: In preparation for an upcoming trip to Turkey, Laurel and I agreed to read a Turkish novel. Pamuk is a Nobel Prize winner.)

Lyman Coleman has likened authentic Christian community rounding the bases of a baseball diamond and he would likely put Ka’s question as a solid base hit trip to first. The depth and intimacy of the built in self-disclosure is intriguingly profound.

In Lumunos we would likely adapt the question. Necip’s response is optimistic and idealistic but to me it begs the question, “All of it? Really? Even disaster, greed, terrorism, disease? Tell me something – no, tell three specific things that make life beautiful to you.”

Today, my three answers would start with the power of life as demonstrated in the plant kingdom. God is amazing and gave us a beautiful world to enjoy. Next, I find human compassion beautiful. I stand in awe when people run toward the disaster (Boston, Moore) because that what we do for each other. Finally, the power of music is a beautiful part of life. With minimal skills, I love to sing and dance. Who cares how I sound or look? There’s magic and beauty in what music does to our lives individually and corporately.

How about you?

Philippians 4:8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

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