Amazon bets big on Jesus, our organs are plastic water bottles, and hitting the high notes
Three things from the week and a poem about questions
We’re snowed in and it finally feels like an old-school winter. I shovelled my driveway four times yesterday and have the back aches to prove it.
I hope you’re warm and remembered to stock up on Advil, if you’re experiencing the same conditions. And, if you’re in a warmer climate with no snow, I’m just so happy for you.
Thanks for spending part of your weekend with Things I Wrote Down. Here’s a list with links to three things I found interesting this week and a poem.
1. Amazon bets big on Jesus
Did you see the big news this week? The Wonder Project, a new faith and family content studio inked a massive deal with MGM and Amazon, who will distribute their films exclusively on the streaming service.
Looks like the industry is ready to bank in on the faith and family audience in a whole new way. It’s an exciting time for content, and I have a lot of thoughts (I might write some of them down this week). Whenever there’s big money being thrown around, it’s interesting to see who comes out to play. Let’s hope it means a golden age of content that serves audiences (and not just a gold dig by vultures in sheep’s clothing).
2. Our organs are plastic water bottles
My excitement for a post-human future was tempered this week. You know, the future science fiction imagines in which we are cybernetic organisms, our bodies spliced together with cool tech like a Star Trek film?
I thought we'd be cyborgs by now but this new report shows we're just hybrid water bottles.
There were a few headlines I saw this week about micro particles in every bottle of water, floating around, being absorbed into the human body. What does it mean? That I’ll be drinking straight out of the tap.
Here’s one of the articles: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/are-plastic-particles-in-bottled-water-harmful-to-health
Hitting the high notes
Okay, I admit it. I’m a sucker for these highly choreographed reality TV clips that make for viral moments. You know the ones: A singer or designer or baker has their breakthrough moment in front of a live audience?
It never gets old to me. Add my love for the film and music of The Greatest Showman, and you’ll know why this video is so fun to watch.
Check it out and then dream of your big-stage moment.
Concerning Zechariah, a poem with questions
This week in my Thursday article I wrote about embracing the question mark in life, and used a favourite Bible character’s story as an example. With Zechariah on my mind, I thought I’d share a poem about him. I hope you enjoy it.
Concerning Zechariah Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know that it is so?” — Luke 1:18 How long did he wait in that quiet chamber thump of terror in his chest the only sound to register after the thunderous voice ceased, the flesh of his tongue made fleet the collision with heaven tipping him, nearly to the floor, with rebuke, with triumph How often did he relive the confluence of events that ushered him to the fateful moment: stepping from the threshold of his simple home the long walk through the hill country with his kin the litany of songs announcing their careful approach to the City and its dazzling temple the measured, ritual movements of washing, sacrifice, of drawing of lots his sombre march across the courtyard wide berth beyond the Sea of Bronze entering the sanctuary to stand before the altar How soon after he threw the finely scented spices upon the flames—every prayer uttered and screamed, thrown helplessly or hopefully at God-still-hidden including the singular request of his sweet wife offered every day since they married— how soon after the incense arose did the angel leave the Presence sweep aside the sumptuous veil, to utter his message five unbelievable words your prayer has been heard and the litany of promises too pleasant to taste, too wonderful to claim How quickly, decade after barren decade the answer came