The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
- John 1:9-13
Okay, this morning’s philosophy lesson (of sorts) got me searching for a quote from Big Boy Caprice, played by Al Pacino in the movie Dick Tracy. While the movie had a lot of unmemorable moments and I hated the ending in that it gave little room for sequels, this one memorable quote was delivered perfectly by Al Pacino. As I said this morning, we were leaning forward to hear what Big Boy’s idea was, and then … it was gone.
“Wait a minute! Wait. I’m having a thought. Oh, yes. Oh, yes. I’m gonna have a thought. It’s coming… It’s gone.”
- Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), Dick Tracy (movie)
But would it not be better to see the video clip? You get the timing better that way, so I tried and failed to find it.
Instead, I found an old Gaither song that has been revived by Michael W. Smith. In these days of COVID-19 restrictions, the small churches are suffering and dying left and right. They do not have the ability to get the equipment for livestreaming, nor do they have the expertise among their membership to pull it off. The Gaither song, that has cameos from Bill and Gloria Gaither, is The Church Triumphant. In the middle of the song, Gloria recites one of her best known orations, but it starts in the new version with Wintley Phipps, blending back and forth between him and Gloria. The video is star studded and the oration is appropriate for the troubles in our country today and the world today. And the last line, repeated for about a minute is uplifting. “For the church triumphant is alive and well.” This is followed by “is alive” and associated with a variety of groupings of people that need encouragement. It is well done. Sorry, I had a technical glitch with the video of the performers being shown, but you can find it on youtube by searching for Michael W Smith Church Triumphant.
So, now, I did not have the video that I wanted, but I had a written quote and an earworm, but after a dozen times of singing the earworm, I realized that I was not singing the right song. I was singing one the Gaither Vocal Band’s latest hits. This song was also written by Bill Gaither. How did I get from one song to the other?
The connection is Bill Gaither, but the connector is the words in the middle of the quote “Oh, yes. Oh, yes.” The Church Triumphant did not have those words, but the new Gaither Vocal Band hit, Child of the King has a refrain that begins “Oh, yes, Oh, yes, I’m a child of the king!” I think scientists can study for a few more centuries and they never will know for sure how the brain works. There are just too many rabbit holes.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.