Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Oh what a night it was

ho ho ho to be seasonal.

Regular clickers to my blog will know I reflect on life.
The professionals call it 'reflective practice'
I am just me.
but 'becoming' me at the same time!

If you have read the pipblog churning of the preparation thoughts ........ you will know I have been wrestling with Christmas and the impact of all the 'things' going on this seasonal time. And how they impact on 'the least'.

As I listen to some Hungarian dance music, 'amorf ordogok' to be exact, I will share the journey of a small group looking at Christmas. We looked how we felt about Christmas when we were 1 very young, 2 mid life (and that could be 10 if you are 20 - or 20 if your age is 40! ... getit?) Thirdly we looked at the feelings 'now'.
The subjects covered were;
1 toys/presents., most people felt it was big in their lives as kids but little significance since.
2 friends, little significance as a child but big ever since seeking independence.
3 God, little significance as a child and teenage but now marked 10 out of 10 by all the group. hmmmm. fascinating
4 Father Christmas, as a child, and 'mystery' at midlife and as an adult. Again facinating and so spiritual. hmmm

As with all these things ...... the bones are in the questions but the meat is in the sharing and revealing to others AND very vital it seems to me, revealing those inner things TO OURSELVES!
These revelations from our individual souls are stories of growth and change. That is why I like this quote;

“Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track, you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way because it is precisely through these stories in all their particularity . . . that God makes himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally.”
Frederick Buechner (Telling Secrets , 1991)

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