Friday, March 21, 2008

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there." - Clarence W. Hall

So I can't believe it's Easter already. It's so crazy that's it's so early, but my friend and Visiting Teaching Companion Josilyn informed me when we went to visit our friend Morgan that Easter won't be this early again for another 300 years. . . .that certainly makes things more interesting now doesn't it. Here I was complaining that it just doesn't feel like Easter in March, but now that I know it's like a once in a life time deal, it's like some special event!

I try really hard to keep perspective on religious holidays, and remember what it's all about, but I'm not gonna lie I get a little caught up in the commercial side of things. I will probably always play the humble card and talk about how much more important it is to give then receive and blah blah blah, but I really love presents! And I'm a little sad that I'm so old and I'm probably not getting an Easter basket this year, or that I can't participate in the Easter egg hunt and get a plastic egg full of random change or candy. . . . wait I can't even eat Easter candy this year!!! Man, I guess I'm really gonna have to focus on the true meaning of Easter!

To avoid being depressed, about no Cadbury eggs or chocolate bunnies.

But seriously folks, the other day when I was watching rehearsals and waiting for my next song, I was really touched by how well the brothers where channeling the emotion of the scene. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Old Testament story of Joseph, his eleven brothers hate him because he's is the favorite, and he has crazy dreams that lead him to believe he will be more powerful then them someday, and they are not having that, so they plot to kill him, but instead sell him as a slave, where then he works his way from prison to being Pharaoh's right hand man, and ends up saving people from famine because of his ability to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. Close to the end of the show there is the scene when the brothers come to Egypt to get food, and they don't realize it's Joseph they're talking to, and the scene that really got me was when he finally tells them. I couldn't imagine what that would feel like, but some of those men that play the brothers really brought it to a reality for me. Granted, I know there wasn't any singing or snazzy dance numbers, but something clicked in my head, that said, wow this actually happened. It wasn't just something Andrew Lloyd Weber came up with.

A lot, well all of those scripture stories start off as just that. . .stories. But I love the moment when I realize that they are more then that, and what seems crazy or impossible, can happen. Not that I want to turn this into a testimonial blog, but I just had to express my newest insight. I didn't really love The show "Joseph and the Amazing Techni- Color Dream coat", I thought it was really weird the first time I saw it, but I'm really glad I've gotten the chance to appreciate and understand it a little more, and even though the show is mainly silly and meant to be entertaining. I know the deeper meaning is a beautiful message, of A) Perseverance, and B) Forgiveness.

So, if you come see the show, I hope you all laugh and enjoy, but I also hope it touches you like it has me. . . . that sounds way cheezy, but you understand right?

Anyway, Happy Easter everybody!

Peace Out!


krystind said...

Good luck with your performance! my mom is excited to go see it :)

carrie said...

Hey Emily,
I loved reading your blog! You are so cool. Anyway I wanted to say that I enjoyed working with you on Joseph! You have a great attitude about life...I think you were a good role model for Cassie (my daughter) and for me to think of it. I have been thinking how amazing it is that everything came together so well. That was one huge group effort. Man, sorry I got so emotional after the last performance! I am such a boob! I think juggling everything for 6 weeks got to me. Guess what??? My husband surprised Cassie and I and took us to Mamma Mia! It was so fun. I was thinking of you! My email is and my family web page is www.thefamilypostcom/bccbjogeertsenfamily I would love to keep in touch