For the present your friend, tomorrow your host, for the short time formality stands between us, the Count of Monte Cristo. – The Count of Monte Cristo
Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years
Rocking my peers and putting suckas in fear
Making the tears rain down like a monsoon
Listen to the bass go boom
Over the competition, I’m towering – LL Cool J
Hello boys. I’m baaaaack! – Randy Quaid in “Independence Day”
As much as we celebrate the downfall of our celebrities, we are all suckers for when anyone is able to come back from their fall from grace, adversity, unfortunate situation, etc. Seeing someone’s life restored in a way that goes beyond the shape and contours of their previous success, stirs in us a sense of hope. We love comebacks because we know ourselves more than we’d like to admit. We’ve all had failures that have led our lives down a different path than we ever imagined. And often those twists and turns on the road of existence lead to a place of suffering and not to unlimited fulfillment and joy.
Comebacks provide a glimpse of a possibility of restoration. Within us we long for that. Whether it is with family, friends or co-workers. Longing for human-to-human restoration is a picture of the restoration we all desire with the divine, even if identifying that eternal yearning for God is unbeknownst to us. “Why do you weep?” were Jesus’ first words after rising from the dead but with one word, the name of a woman, in a great reversal, he reveals to the world he has conquered death. We weep. Jesus comes back from the dead and we, then, become his comeback kids. Our yearning for the divine is fulfilled in the logos, the word, the Christ and while we continue to suffer, we have joy in this world and will no longer weep in the next.
Come celebrate with us (Blake, Jeremy and I are back!) and peek into sacred this week as we explore the greatest comebacks of all time.