Tuesday, December 18, 2007

SOMETHING THINK ABOUT,..other than non-adoption!

This is from our hospital chaplain, who sends emails to those employees who would like words of encouragement during the Christmas season. This one gave me just a little heart tug and/or slap in the face. Thank you God for your beautiful Grace & much needed mercy!
Maybe you'll get as much out of it as I did.

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the
moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken.

Night-mare. n 1. Formerly, an evil spirit believed to haunt and suffocate sleeping people. 2. A frightening dream, often accompanied by a sensation of oppression and helplessness.
Grace. n ….. 5. Mercy, clemency

It was just a thought, I think, it may have been a nightmare. What if God, at the time God decided to bring about the conception of Christ, chose not to do so because of earlier experiences with humankind. Here goes God's thought process as I remember them from my dream.
“Early on in creation humankind became so vile that I decided to wipe out everything, yet I found one person that was righteous so I restored humankind through the family of Noah. By golly, humankind turns right around and messes up again. When everything is going good they start moving away from my promises and my love. When humankind gets in trouble they come back in order for me to help them out of the pickle they got themselves into. When the Israelites were in Egypt their yoke was too heavy to bear so I send Moses to get them out and give them a new start. You think they will ever learn? I had this great idea about bringing a savior but looking at their past history I don't think they will understand, or change. It may be better for humankind to waddle in their own dung. It will save a lot of grief, confusion and disagreement. Mary will not become pregnant in a mysterious way, Joseph does not have to make a choice, the Three Wise-persons, Magi, from the East can stay home, the Shepherd boys will not be scared and confused, Judas will not have to betray his teacher, Peter does not have to deny his teacher three times, and my son will not have to suffer on the cross. I think I will not send my son to earth.” A nightmare, AAAAGH!!!!!
And so, in my nightmare, Jesus was not born and forgiveness was not available. During the nightmare I did not suffocate but I did wake up in a sweat. In those early morning hours I realized, and celebrated, the fact that Jesus was born and is born each and every day. God did not turn away from us but continues coming towards us. God has given us grace every time we asked for it. Grace was born into this world to die for the sins of humankind. That is clemency, having leniency for the other person. And as we celebrate the birth of Christ this year, remember that God’s gift was, and is, a gift of grace.

Unto us a child is born, let us reflect on that one for a bit.

Grace be with you.

1 comment:

AfricaBleu said...

Wow, good stuff. Thanks for that food-for-thought. And Merry Christmas.