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   Some thoughts about

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Cue

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    Queue

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   “Cue” is a significant word that shouldn’t be shelved or misplaced. I actually began thinking about it after reading early this morning about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman in chapter 4 of John. There’s much to say about that account that I will overlook here. Jesus stepped way beyond what was expected of Him as he talked to the woman who’d had five husbands and was currently living in adultery with a sixth man.

   Interestingly, she was still hanging on to her minimal faith in God and the Samaritans’ incomplete embracing of the Torah along with the expectation of a prophesied coming of the Messiah.

   Interesting, too, is Jesus’ clearly declaring–face-to-face–perhaps for the first time that He was that Messiah.

   The woman takes her cue to pass on what she’d learned, as imperfect as her theology and reputation was, to her people. Delivering really good news can overlook a lot of superfluous detail.

   And she was obviously a woman of purpose and action.

  She took the cue to pass on to despised (by the Jews as incorrectly informed outsiders) people that the Messiah had come–and by example, to more than just the “perfectly observant” Jews.

   May we Christians take from her example the cue to reach out to unlikely people the message that the Gospel is available for any who will consider it an believe.

   That said, if you so inclined, here’s how the Oxford Online looks at cue and its cousin queue (good Scrabble possibilities btw).  

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cue |kyo͞o|
noun
a thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performer to enter or to begin their speech or performance.
• a signal for action: any conversational lull was my cue for asking a question.
• a piece of information or circumstance that aids the memory in retrieving details not recalled spontaneously.
• Psychology a feature of something perceived that is used in the brain’s interpretation of the perception: expectancy is communicated both by auditory and visual cues.
• a hint or indication about how to behave in particular circumstances: my teacher joked about such attitudes and I followed her cue.
• a facility for playing through an audio or video recording very rapidly until a desired starting point is reached.
verb ( cues , cueing or cuing, cued ) [ with obj. ]
give a cue to or for: curious pedestrians are cued by the arrival of stretch limousines.
• act as a prompt or reminder: have a list of needs and questions on paper to cue you.
• set a piece of audio or video equipment in readiness to play (a particular part of the recorded material): features make it easier to cue up a tape for editing.
PHRASES
on cue at the correct moment: right on cue the door opened.
take one’s cue from follow the example or advice of: McGee did not move and Julia took her cue from him.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: of unknown origin.

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queue |kyo͞o|
noun
1 chiefly Brit.a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
2 Computing a list of data items, commands, etc., stored so as to be retrievable in a definite order, usually the order of insertion.
3 archaic a braid of hair worn at the back.
verb ( queues , queuing or queueing, queued ) [ no obj. ]
1 chiefly Brit.take one’s place in a queue: in the war they had queued for food.
• (queue up) be extremely keen to do or have something: companies are queuing up to move to the bay.
2 [ with obj. ] Computing arrange in a queue.

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