The young children were playing out the familiar nativity story yesterday.
All was going well unto one of the lambs picked up the baby Jesus and dropped him on his head so that he suffered head trauma. (It was a doll baby Jesus.)
I wonder, though, whether this story, revisited and reenacted every year by millions of people, holds within it an important message that every child has the capacity and potential to bring really good things into the world – peace and hope and forgiveness. And we were children once.
We only need stories we can connect to which will help us to see and be this.
This light of the world story finds us all grown up now. We know there’s darkness “out there,” but, if we’re honest, there’s darkness “in here,” too.
The good gift of light changes everything: we can begin again, we can always start over. Alvin Toffler shares:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot LEARN, UNLEARN, and RELEARN.”**
Here’s a metaphor for transforming, for morphing people. Richard Rohr believes:
‘Transformed people transform people.’^
We can still be the children of light we felt ourselves to have lost:
May I live this day
Compassionate of heart,
Gentle in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.^^
As Yoda would say: “So, Christmas this is.”
(*This echoes John Lennon’s classic Christmas song; when you read the lyrics you could be mistaken for thinking it was written by a child.)
(**Alvin Toffler, quotes in Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love.)
(^^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)