December 25, 2019-
There was a thin coating of snow, greeting us in Prescott, as the sun rose this morning. A few more flakes fell from the sky, throughout the day. Across the continent, a similar light snow fell in my home town of Saugus.
The day was quiet for many in my extended family, and for much of the day, it was quiet for me as well. At 2:45, Yunhee and I headed over to the home of a steadfast and enduring friend. I brought my signature lasagna, though in retrospect, it could have used more sauce. Yunhee brought her own creation, an applesauce pie-and I looked at it and saw that it was good.
Well, after about thirty minutes of banter, during which it was pointed out, by one of those present, that both major political extremist movements of the 1930’s and ’40’s used the word “Socialist” in their official titles, I was reminded again of the old saw that extreme right and extreme left will bump into each other on the bottom part of the political ellipse. Then, the conversation drifted back to how we’re all in this together.
We started with too much food and not that many people. God provides what Man needs, though, and along came five more guests. It was perfect- not quite a “Loaves and Fishes” moment, but a definite example of how the Universe and the Spirit bring need and provision together.
The conversation flowed beautifully, in the dining area, and the antics of the youths played out just as smoothly, in the front room. Yes, a good time was had by all-even the dog, a “pet-sat” addition to the mix. We had mini-lessons on phrases of four languages: Mandarin, Korean, Thai – and German.
This is as Christmas should be- a time of unity and fellowship, without regard for the illusion of the Chasm.