As Christmas looms, the story is still reverberating in my wandering mind. I posted a few weeks ago about looking for the “real” Christmas, getting past the greeting card sentimentality to something with substance.
Then I saw Life of Pi and found my thoughts broken into new perspectives and rewired. The power and truth of “story” was the theme, of course. The importance of “truth” beneath, beyond, and yet infused with some semblance of fact and connection. (It was a movie far deeper and yet more accessible than last year’s Tree of Life. But I wander.)
I got this far in that post:
None happened as we see it
No matter how hard we try to preserve
or try to keep Christ there.
It was dark until the angels called
the shepherds out of their fear.
Then it was dark again.
And then I realized that such a story won’t get us closer to God. It lacks the mysterious, the mystical.
It needs both visions working together to be real.Truthful.For both are true.
The darkness was real and palpable to those shepherds both before AND after they angels sang their promise of “Peace on Earth.” Hatred was as real both before AND after the angels chanted “goodwill to all.”
What then is “The Better Story?”
A Virgin winces in childbirthKept company by her betrothed and no doubt a midwife.No room in the Inn meant a respite from the crowds and the possibilityOf privacy for this unique first-born’s moments.No noisy nosy bystanders. Just a Holy Family for all holy families to come.
Which is the story that will lead us to believe in God?
Shepherds bored in the nearby hills, wincing from the sudden lightChanging this from one more dark and lonely night.Common people with an uncommon visitation news thatFor them and all common folk a savior has been born.They and they alone are there, stand-ins for you and anyone who might need that news.
Which story do I want to believe?
Held in safety and compassion by aLoving Mother as he feeds and she stares in awe.Like any Imah or Abba, Mommy or Daddy watching theFruits of Creation, breathing, falling asleep with no care.Unaware of the commotion of life or the lack of peaceHe has come to transform.
The beginning of a
Revolution of faith that even now we fail to grasp. Even now
We try to rewrite it into a different story. One that contains too many attempts
At finding just-the-facts .
But here we rediscover the importance of The Story.
The Story of Christmas
Christ’s MassNativity- The Birth-
Many-pointed Star, in any and all directions,
May the peace and joy of Christmas be reborn in you this year, hearing the story as it leads us all, again, to believe in God.Unlimited;Infinite;All-encompassing;Swaddling humanity in strips of the eternal clothOf Grace and Love.