Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Written by Jo Ratter

Ain't we all the stars
Ain't we all the stars
Playing the leading part
In our own soap opera?
 
“Soap Opera” by Brandy Clark, album “Big Day in a Small Town”1

 
 
And so, the sun is scheduled to set forever over Ramsey St as the final episode of “Neighbours” is aired on 1st August 2022.  After 37 years the show that launched Kylie and Jason, Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe and parked itself firmly in the premier league of 1980’s TV dinners, is all over. I recall much handwringing from Grown Ups at the amount of time squandered keeping up with all the goings ons, which this side of Netflix seems aspirational.
 
Soap operas are to “serious drama”, as a holiday read is to “literature”. Unfairly looked down upon as inferior, unworthy, beneath.  But all of life is here.  Exaggerated for effect, more glamorous, more scandalous, but rich in love, friendship, disappointment, betrayal, loss, hope. And whether we star in Emmerdale, Brookside, River City, Coronation St, Barrhead, Giffnock or Mearns, this is the emotional currency we deal in, all playing the leading part as our lives twist and turn.
 
We may currently have a starring role in our family, work, church or community. Or we may feel set aside, that plotlines have moved on and we have been written out. 
 
In the Psalms we see David taken up with big picture perspective to find his bearings “O Lord, our God, how majestic is your name in all the earth…when I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?[c]You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e] and crowned them[f] with glory and honour.
 
When tempted to expect a red carpet in life, remember we were created to serve a God who flung actual stars into space. When we feel insignificant “extras”, remember that God considers no life inferior, unworthy or beneath. Rather each of us is gathered up in His care and crowned with glory and honour. No life unseen. No life more worthy than the next. O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
 
 

  1. Brandy Clark plays Glasgow Old Fruitmarket  Sunday 4th September.  I’ll be there.
  2. Psalm 8 v 1, 3-5
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