May 11, 2013

The Rev. Patricia M. Grace: Who we gonna call?

The “Ghostbusters” movies are among my favorites for sheer fun and entertainment. “Ghostbusters II” tells the story of a river of gooey pink slime that courses under the city’s streets, created by the intense negativity and maliciousness of the city’s people. The slime is increasing interpersonal nastiness and cruelty on an exponential level.  

“Who we gonna call?” the people cry and the Ghostbusters come to the rescue. They slowly figure out that only intense positivity can break the power of this evil behavior-changing substance. So they fill their proton packs with positively charged pink goo, and play Jackie Wilson’s “Your love is lifting me higher” all over the city. This brings the Statue of Liberty to life and her torch of freedom lights the way and cuts through the evil darkness created by the slime. People ring in the new year with joy instead of jabs, and the city is turned, finally, into a state of widespread peace and love.

So, OK, it’s a silly, sci-fi (kind of) movie. But it feels kind of prophetic these days to me. Doesn’t it seem like we have a river of hate-inducing slime coursing under the streets of our world?

Sandy Hook. Boston Marathon. Constant reports of random violence. Intense conflict and vicious negativity at all levels of society. The daily slights and downright meanness that mar our personal lives.

There is a river of maliciousness, cruelty and evil that is overflowing. And we are way beyond flood stage.

Who we gonna call? The Ghostbusters might be handy, but (spoiler alert!) they’re not for real.  

There is good news, nonetheless. We know someone whose love never fails to lift us higher. We know someone who is the light that dispels all darkness — all the dark shadows created by human hatred, despair and vengeance.

Who we gonna call? Call Jesus.

If ever there was a time to bring the resources of the savior of the world to bear, it’s got to be now. Call on him to bring pure positivity — his never failing love — to our hearts and to the hearts of all who walk and work and live on the city streets and country roads of this world.

Only the supernatural power of God can break whatever it is — pink slime or not — that seems to have such incredible behavior-changing power.

Call on him. Jesus. Follow his way of life — the way of widespread peace and love. Start to combat the river of slime that flows near your own back door. Fight against it with your positivity, your love. Listen more and talk less. Practice careful conversation. Forego mean-spirited gossip, backbiting and destructive criticism in favor of deeper understanding and compassion. Search for the blessing that abounds in every situation instead of focusing on the negative. Learn to be a peacemaker in conflict. Stay in relationship, no matter what. Believe there’s always another way than fighting.

His love can lift us all higher and higher. Who we gonna call? Call on Jesus — today.

Patricia Grace is rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Dalton.


Text Only
  • Le Miz 3 mlh.jpg Do you hear the people sing?

    Sometimes referred to as “the world’s most popular musical,” “Les Miserables,” an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 1846 novel, has been performed around the globe in more than a dozen languages for nearly 30 years.

    July 19, 2014 3 Photos

  • Bryan Collins: God so loved

    In John 3:16, Jesus spoke of the Father’s love of the world, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

    July 11, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: Those who help also serve Christ

    If the reader wrongly believes Christ can’t use you because you’re too timid to sing, pray, speak publicly, play musical instruments in worship services inside a church sanctuary, today’s devotional will greatly encourage you.

    July 4, 2014

  • New pastor for First Presbyterian

    The Rev. William McMullen “Will” Scott, currently of Indianapolis, Ind., has been called to serve as the pastor of Dalton’s First Presbyterian Church. Scott is only the 19th senior minister to be called by the congregation in the church’s 167-year history. His nomination was approved by the congregation Sunday, June 15, following a yearlong search.

    June 16, 2014

  • Bryan Collins: Men, step up

    On Sunday, our nation will celebrate Father’s Day. The observable differences in the way Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are celebrated could be attributed to several different factors.  Mother’s Day is typically a more sentimental occasion than Father’s Day because our moms are usually a little more sentimental. Moms are typically more nurturing and so we think of them differently than we think of our dads. It is too often the case that moms have to play the role of mother and father to the children.

    June 13, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: The powerlessness in aloneness

    God knows the fragileness of every human he has created. The first time God graded something as “no good” within his new creations is when he created the first human, Adam: “It is not good for any man to abide alone” (Genesis 2:18). God then created Eve.

    June 6, 2014

  • DLT play features bluegrass gospel music, comedy

    It is October of 1945, the war is over, and the gospel-singing Sanders family is back together again.

    June 1, 2014

  • O.N. Jonas Memorial Foundation plans for future

    The yearly meeting of the O.N. Jonas Memorial Foundation was recently held and plans for the future were discussed. The foundation (administered by the Creative Arts Guild) began in 1968 with friends of the late Oscar N. Jonas uniting with business, civic and educational leaders to establish an organization that could perpetuate Oscar’s aspirations for the cultural enrichment of all children in northwest Georgia. The foundation sponsors visual, performing and literary arts in Dalton Public Schools, Whitfield County Schools and Murray County Schools, and also Crossroads, Mountainbrook and the Dalton Regional Youth Detention Center. All programs are free to students.

    June 1, 2014

  • Robin Richmond Mason: Sit down for a season but stand firmly on your roots

    Proverbs tells us that a woman can live in such a way that her children will rise up and call her blessed.

    May 10, 2014

  • The Rev. G. David Henderson: Christ-like power from devilish thorns

    Today’s devotional is to the readers who have asked God many times to rid Satan out of their life, but as of yet he hasn’t  removed him. The Apostle Paul also experienced such heartbreaking misery.

    May 2, 2014