Last Sunday’s reading about Lazarus rising from the dead, includes Jesus calling to his followers to help His friend out. He tells them to “Unbind him and let him go!” This was the centerpiece of my homily.
It was a very short leap to Frozen and the hit song “Let it Go”. Sung by the film’s older sister, the film’s showstopping number deals with the expectations and burdens placed upon the older sister. And in a moment of triumph and self-differentiation, she declares that it is time to “let it go”.
Sound familiar? I can certainly relate.
And yet, even as I referenced the song and resisted the urge to sing (I don’t have the range to pull it off), it isn’t the song that stayed in my head.
I walked from the pulpit to my seat. Led the creed. Then the prayers began. And in the midst of these congregational prayers, a different song found its way into my head. The other song. The one the younger sister sings.
Do you want to build a snowman?
It doesn’t have to be a snowman.
She asks to play, for fun, for time together. And her sister’s response? No. Always no.
In many ways, as a pastor, I relate with this feeling more.