Reflection: Take Over

It happened… It has taken over.  Not just my reflection instead of Rodney’s. No, I’m not talking about Covid-19. But this is all that anyone has been talking about. I can’t get it out of my mind, my head, my ears… it has Taken Over my house!


DID YOU SEE IT? Gary and I had not seen or listened to Hamilton until it went live on Disney+ last Friday (7/3). My best friend has been obsessed for years. She saw it live in New York and became one of those annoying people that wouldn’t stop talking about it or listening to it. Now we understand.

Have you seen it?!?! Has it taken over?! 

In the last seven days I have re-watched it more than three times. We have sung it out loud and become unproductive because I refuse to turn the music off to focus. My toddler Jason is familiar with King George when he enters the screen; “Hi King George!”

Even at this moment the haunting “who lives, who dies, who tells your story…” is singing in my mind. As a huge music nerd, I love musicals. It is the power of storytelling with the DEEP vulnerability of music and acting. We are transported into the story and can feel every emotion.

Vulnerability. The kind found through music. It’s powerful! I mean, I was crying during much of the 2nd half. Like sucking my bottom lip, tears soaking my neck, kind of sobbing. NO SPOILERS. The fragility of the story told through music and production had me feeling EVERYTHING.

My soul kept turning to the theology of Grace that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the writer of “Hamilton,” is telling in the whole musical. Grace does that to us. It is disarming. It is cracks us open and makes us vulnerable. Grace meets our exposed and broken-open fragile souls and makes us WHOLE. Grace allows us to embrace the brokenness of others with compassion and heal. Hear these words from the song “It’s Quiet Uptown”:

There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable

Grace comes in many forms: forgiveness, compassion, healing, hope, love, acceptance, justice and more. What does grace look like to you?  This week, we will conclude our worship series “Lenses” LIVE at 9AM on Sunday. We are excited to see you Sunday! Gary just turned on Hamilton again, so I am signing off to sing along.

With Hope,

Pastor Sarah
Minister of Discipleship