Christmas Eve 2020
Torn between competing worlds
I can’t remember when life felt
this precarious on the eve
of Your birthday celebration
Would You understand
if I told You I don’t feel like
celebrating this year?
Instead I want to be in that
stable with Mary and Joseph
Not just because it’s wonderful
But because it’s dangerous
No, I’m not looking for trouble. I’m wondering what it takes to put myself out there at this age. Can I hope for anything but being treated like a little old lady?
Not that I mind being a little old lady. In fact, WordPress makes it as easy as possible for me to speak my mind freely. So do my followers and visitors.
Nonetheless, I wonder what would happen if I said in my large family circle or in my church, straight-out, what I often say here when I’m blogging. I don’t know the answer, though I expect some might be distressed, or try to fix me. Others might pray for me, which is never a bad idea.
I’m no revolutionary. Still, sometimes the effort of putting out just one post lets me know I’ve had a relatively easy life. In addition, I wasn’t given the gift of confidence in my own voice when I was growing up.
Today the stakes are painfully high. We’re caught here together on this planet. It’s Christmas Eve, and too many of our political, social and religious leaders already know the script. The one called “How to Pretend I’m God and You’re Nobody.”
I don’t mean to sound cynical. Instead, it strikes me as miraculous that Jesus of Nazareth was born as a Nobody. The kind who kept getting in the way, until what amounted to a lynch mob tried to take him down. Yes, he died, and yes, the dance goes on.
Praying you have a thoughtful, encouraging Christmas Eve and Day.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 24 December 2020
Night sky image found at astronomytrek.com