Short & Sweet - week beginning 16 July, 2012

"Share it Maybe" by Cookie Monster
"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world," sang Louis Armstrong in 1968. Written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss, the song was "intended as an antidote for the increasingly radically and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States", its hopeful and optimistic lyrics included in the soundtrack for the 1988 film Good Morning, Vietnam.

Just the same, you can't underrate a good laugh when troubled times come and the world takes on a serious and sombre tone. I have chuckled a lot in the past couple of weeks over very silly things, and I hope you have too. If not, Cookie Monster's "Share it Maybe" for Sesame Street might do it for you. When life gets too much, we can either laugh or cry, or a bit of both. But there must always be hope... even if it takes the form of a giant, moon-shaped chocolate-chip cookie amidst the sparkle of stars on a dark blue night.

Let's catch up: Sophie has lost a cherished loved one so will be absent from the blog this week, while Brooke is off on holiday with a friend leaving two interesting reads in her wake. As for me, I've been nursing a husband with the man-flu and spending time with Man with a Bag (aka Dad) and have a sermon to plan.
The Word for the Week: "Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it?" Job 38: 12-13
Quote for the Week: "Perhaps they are not stars but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through." - Eskimo proverb word for the week: mote \moht\, noun:
1. A small particle or speck, especially of dust.
2. Moit.
"We are but a tiny mote under the wonder of the cosmos, and yet each of us has so much being it's almost as if there's a whole cosmos stirring within left to explore."

Girl With a Satchel