A week or so before Christmas, life around the church is very busy. One of the many fun events we do at SALC is Christmas Caroling to our homebound members. Children and adults alike had a wonderful time singing to these special people. Our Christmas Pageant was the same day and entitled “A Gilligan’s Island Christmas.” It was a silly story about a group of pageant performers who actually land on Gilligan’s Island. They do actually perform the Christmas story. It was at this time that our adorable children, who were in costume playing animals, angels and shepherds, discovered the manger with hay. The next thing we knew, they were in the manger and a hay fight ensued. Baby Jesus was having, shall we say, a rough time. Everyone was laughing as the actors tried to continue their lines.
Of course the irony of this: The child did come to take on the suffering of the world. He came to take on our pain and our hurt on the cross so that God could declare that pain and death are not the ways of God. People, like so many children, might callously harm him and stomp on him, but they will not have the final word. God would rise, out of the grave, out of the manger, so that all might know life in God. So, forgive the children. They knew not what they did.
Merry Christmas. Happy New Year.