On Friday, the second installment of the Hunger Games opened in theaters. The movie is the second of a series of books, which are aimed at teenage readers and have all three been best-sellers.
The Hunger Games is a way for a post-apocalyptic society ruled by elites to keep the native populace under control. The Games are televised spectacle that pits children against each other in arena, think The Voice only with children and spears. The winner of the game must vanquish not only rivals from other regions, but one of their own neighbors.
This second installment is less about the games and more about how a society begins to fight back and to rebel and to ferment into revolution. They call this episode: “Catching Fire.”
Now, what does this have to do with Sunday morning?
Perhaps not much, but as always when something seems to capture the American imagination it makes sense for people of faith to wonder a little about it.
This morning we will consider what God is looking for from each of us.
Or, said, another way, what sorts of things, choices, gifts, make God smile?
Advent and Christmas are nearly upon us, but before we get to that we have this season of Thanksgiving. We’ll dream into that space this morning.