“Life clocks are a lie! Carousel is a lie! THERE IS NO RENEWAL! ” ~ Line from Logan’s Run
In the movie, Logan’s Run, a world was depicted where no one lived past the age of thirty. This was done in order to keep the world’s resources balanced. There were too many people being born for the world to feed and house so a method was established to kill the citizens at thirty years of age: Renewal.
The citizens would enter Carousel when their time had come as docile as sheep being led to a slaughter. They would be drawn up and disintegrated. They believed that they would be renewed by coming back as babies. The had no clear idea at all that the whole concept of Carousel and Renewal was just a hoax perpetrated for population control.
When Logan, one of those chosen and trained to go after “runners” (the people trying to evade Carousel) and kill them, was given a special assignment by the controlling computer, he discovered the horrible secret of renewal. He found out that it was death, that there was no new life to come back to enjoy. He tried to lead the people to safety from the corrupt and controlling “paradise” in which they lived.
That being said, you are invited to a Renewal this evening as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. No, we will not have you defy gravity and lift you in the air. No, you will not disintegrate before you hit the ceiling. However, your soul can come and receive some of the renewal for which it longs. Because, for a Christian, renewal is very real.
Our souls are directed toward God. When we live our lives in such a manner that our souls get fed, we generally feel good about ourselves and the world around us. When we cut off the feeding of our souls, we end up living in sin and that causes us to feel morose and despondent.
We have an exceptional speaker coming to our parish for a Parish Mission. He will speak to us about the truths of our faith. He will share with us life experiences that has led him closer to Jesus. He will suggest things that we can do to make sure that we remain close to our God.
The Parish Mission is not going to cost you a dime. All it will demand is that you make time each evening — roughly an hour and a half or so — to dedicate to God. The sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. As Easter is fast approaching, this probably will be one of the best things that you can do to prepare yourself for the glories of Easter.
FAITH ACTION: If at all possible, make time to come to the Parish Mission. If that is not possible, make time during your day to sit down with God for a good heart-to-heart discussion. He waits for you.