Tuesday, April 07, 2009

30 Days, 30 Years

Thanks to my DVR, I've been able to catch a lot more shows than I used to (this may or may not be a good thing). One of the recent things I just started watching was 30 days. The show's premise is to take someone with a very strong viewpoint about something (someone whose job has been outsourced) and place them with a family who is their "enemy" (someone in India who is benefitting from outsourcing). Usually by the end of the 30 days eyes are opened and lives are changed simply because they had the opporutnity to live with the "enemy."

By the act of being present in someone's daily life for 30 days hatred and anger turns to compassion, acceptance and sometimes sacrife. Friendships are maintained, doors and eyes and hearts are opened and everyone involved in the experience is changed.

Because it's Holy Week, I think I'm a little more open to the parallels.

God sent his son to live with us, the enemy and not just for 30 days, but 30 years. 30 years of being present in the lives of those around him. Deserved hatred and anger turned to compassion, acceptance and sacrifice.

Beause of that, doors and eyes and hearts are opened and everyone involved is changed.

"My song is love unknown, my Savior's love to me; love to the loveless shown that they might lovely be. Oh who am I that for my sake my lord should take frail flesh and die?"