Friday, February 24, 2012
From the Nativity to Lent
I can't tell you the number of times I've looked over at them and thought about things. Sometimes, I think of the story of the Nativity, but right now, as we've just started Lent, I can't help but be reminded how the story continues after that birth in Bethlehem.
My life is vastly different than it would have been if the story of the Holy Family had not gone the way it did. Generations before Jesus were faithful to God, so that wouldn't necessarily have changed. But the reassurance of salvation makes a difference. Due to inventions such as written language, and later, the printing press, we have ready access to the word of the scriptures. The life of Jesus is more real to us as we can read about various situations, and understand what He was trying to explain to us. It's as if Jesus has made God more approachable in a way. But it's not just Jesus, or just God, or just the Holy Spirit... it's that the Trinity is One, that makes a difference I think.
While I feel a peace looking over at my statue, we don't need statues to know that God is in our lives. Perhaps it's a reminder, but we can see God in so many ways when we pay attention. The examples Jesus gave us for living our lives is still as valid as it was thousands of years ago. Like parents feeling frustrated when our kids don't live up to our hopes and expectations, God must feel the same way when we fail as well.
Posted by Barbara Creasy at 5:55 AM