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"ANNIE" – A CURE FOR RECESSION BLUES

Last month my family and I had the privilege of being able to see “Annie” at the Music Hall in Kansas City. I was not very enthused to the thought of spending an entire Saturday seeing this musical; especially after a friend invited me out for a day of hunting quail.
Nevertheless, I went along smiling and seemingly excited about our opportunity. Sarah Grace, my daughter, had already been warming me up by showcasing her vocal skills on every “Annie” song in the musical. I remembering settling into my seat sarcastically pretending to be extremely excited about Annie.
The three opening numbers got my attention and I thought the show was over; I didn’t think there were anymore songs besides “Maybe,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” and “Tomorrow.” Suddenly, I was thrown back in time to the Great Depression. As the characters performed “Thank You Herbert Hoover,” I sensed the bitterness, anger, and resentment of the people. The Great Depression had destroyed so many lives. I could not help but compare that situation to our current economic situation. To be honest, I see the same despair, gloom, bitterness, anger, resentment, and constant griping in the lives of Americans today. In fact, I quite often found myself a little bitter and griping as well; not that it has even affected me. I do not intend to minimize the concern for people losing their jobs or the severity of our current economic situation. However, I did not expect a trip to see “Annie” would offer great suggestions on how to handle ourselves during these tough economic times; but it did. Allow me to make two suggestions that might cure our recession blues.
The first thing is to change our perspective on what really matters most. All throughout the movie, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily were concerned about one thing – money. The recession had led them to be even more greedy. Annie and Daddy Warbucks were exactly the opposite. Each was concerned about what mattered most; families and friends. Hard times force us to slow down and allow us to spend more time at home, more time with the kids, more time with those we care about. One cure to these recession blues is to allow our perspective to change and truly value what should have been valued and made a priority all along. So take the opportunity to spend more time, not money, with your family and friends. It will help cure those recession blues.
The second cure for recession blues is found in the song, “Tomorrow.” There is a scene toward the end of the musical that occurs with President Roosevelt’s Cabinet. The Cabinet is arguing and complaining about the economic situation while Roosevelt struggles to find an answer. Hopelessness abounds and optimism flies out of the oval office. Annie runs to the president and says “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar there will be sun,” and continues in song. What does she mean the “sun’ll come out tomorrow?” I believe she points us to where true hope really comes from. Psalm 74:16 says “You established the cycle of day and night; you put the moon and sun in place.” Our hope is that the sun will come out tomorrow; God is still faithful and in complete control. It’s not just the promise of another day, or even a better day. It is the promise of trust in God who created and established the rising of the sun that truly gives us fresh hope and a cure for recession blues. Lamentations 3:22-23 says “The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” So laugh often and love more; and let the rising of the sun pour fresh hope in your heart because God is indeed faithful…and the sun’ll come out tomorrow!

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