Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mary's Dream

Christmas is the Disneyfication of Christianity. ~Don Cupitt

For our Christmas Eve service I was asked to read the following and I thought I might share with you. I (being me) decided that reading it was not enough. Remember that I like to make things complicated? As soon as I read it, I envisioned it memorized and acted out, so I am working on it. I guess I just cannot do anything the simple way.

I had a dream, Joseph, I don't understand it, not really, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our Son. I think that was what it was all about. The people had been preparing for it for about six weeks. They had decorated the house and bought new clothes. They'd gone shopping many times and bought elaborate gifts. It was peculiar, though, because the presents weren't for our Son.

They wrapped them in beautiful paper and tied them with lovely bows and stacked them under a tree. Yes, a tree, Joseph, right in their house. They'd decorated the tree also. The branches were full of glowing balls and sparkling ornaments. There was a figure on the top of the tree. It looked like an angel might look. Oh, it was beautiful.

Everyone was laughing and happy. They were all excited about the gifts. They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our Son. I don't think they even knew Him. They never mentioned His name. Doesn't it seem odd for people to go to all that trouble to celebrate someone's birthday if they don't know Him?

I had the strangest feeling that if our Son had gone to this celebration He would have been intruding. Everything was so beautiful, Joseph, and everyone so full of cheer, but it made me want to cry. How sad for Jesus -not to be wanted at His own birthday celebration.

I'm glad it was only a dream. How terrible, Joseph, if it had been real.

~ It is terrible, my Lord, that it is real. ~


  1. Seeking: While I was in town this week one of the things that spun me out the most was all the muslim women shopping for Christmas! What's with that? We have so secularised it that many people don't even see it as a religious festival, let alone a Christian holy day.

  2. That is...actually, I am at a loss for words for what that is.


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