The Tony Awards

Aaron Tveit winning Best Actor in a Musical

I love award shows. All of them. My favorite is the Oscars then the Tonys then they all blend together. The Tony Awards are for live theater – plays and musicals – staged on Broadway. We are a musical family – we have musical talents and we love musicals. Even though it is September of 2021, this Tony Award show covered the 2019-2020 shows that opened before the pandemic hit. Only 18 shows were eligible but they were great shows!

A good musical teaches me, inspires me, delights me and/or gives me a tune to hum all day long. I watched “Jagged Little Pill” with my daughter on YouTube. It’s a musical set to the music of Alanis Morissette. Wow! Her music is powerful and angry and truthful. So is this musical. The story is a heartbreaking yet enlightening. I am glad I experienced it. Well deserving of its nominations.

Why am I writing about the Tony awards in my normally spiritually focused blog? Because it gives me great joy. What gives you great joy? A walk, a hike, hanging with friends, music, musicals, painting, reading, sitting by the beach? Investing in things that bring you joy is a powerful part of self-care. Joy gives us energy on dreary days. Joy gives us memories. Joy gives a place to share with others how we are feeling and why.

Delighting in God is our first and foremost source of joy. However, the joys of life are necessary too.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~Psalm 16:11

Invite God with you to your places of joy. When I watch a musical, even though its subject matter is sometimes tough and foul language is included, God is with me. When I laugh with friends, God is with me. When I sit quietly and read a book, God is with me. When I ride my bike, God is with me. All the places I seek joy, I have God with me. Seek joy. In God’s presence, there is fullness of joy. Amen!

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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