In the 1950 film classic, Harvey, Jimmy Stewart plays the eccentric Elwood who is befriended by a benign but mischievous spirit called a “pookah,” that takes the form of a human-sized rabbit named Harvey. Only Elwood (and a few privileged others) ever sees Harvey, who accompanies him everywhere he goes.
Everyone thinks Elwood is delusional. His exasperated sister tries to commit him to a mental institution, with unpredictably comic results. Elwood – who, in his own way, is the most sane person around – turns the tables on the pompous hospital director helping him sort out his own personal problems.
The film has an almost religious dimension. Without explicitly raising theological questions, it makes comic hay out of Elwood’s role as a prophetic sort of figure. He hears a voice no one else can hear, and reports it to others.
In the 1977 movie, Oh, God! comes this:
JERRY LANDERS: Why me?
GOD: Why not you?
JERRY LANDERS: You mean there’s no special …
GOD: Life is a crap shoot, like the millionth customer that crosses the bridge gets to shake hands with the governor. You thought I picked you because you’re better than everyone?
JERRY LANDERS: I’m not?
GOD: You’re better than some but not as good as others, but you crossed the bridge at the right time.
So, how do you know if it God who is speaking to you? God is still speaking, what is God telling you to do?
Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction TONIGHT! 5:00 pm
Come with an appetite for pasta and cash or checkbook in your pocket! This is our BIGGEST fund raiser for Camp Scholarships. We have some awesome donations that will sure encourage a bidding war! Invite your friends to come along.
2015 Year End Statements have been emailed out. Paper copies for those of you who don’t have email or have requested one are available this morning in the Narthex.