Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Encounter, Lake Wobegon style

OK! There is nothing of Lake Wobegon here; but, here is a wonderful article by Garrison Keilor on Incarnation:

...This magical story is a cornerstone of the Christian faith and I am sorry if it's a big hurdle for the skeptical young. It is to the Church what his Kryptonian heritage was to Clark Kent -- it enables us to stop speeding locomotives and leap tall buildings at a single bound, and also to love our neighbors as ourselves. Without the Nativity, we become a sort of lecture series and coffee club, with not very good coffee and sort of aimless lectures.

On Christmas Eve, the snow on the ground, the stars in the sky, the spruce tree glittering with beloved ornaments, we stand in the dimness and sing about the silent holy night and tears come to our eyes and the vast invisible forces of Christmas stir in the world. Skeptics, stand back. Hush. Hark. There is much in this world that doubt cannot explain.
Via Ironic Catholic.


Freder1ck said...

Thanks for posting this great article. I really loved this bit, further on.

But explaining the universe to them was not my job, only to love them, which I do, utterly. They are brave and loyal and funny, heading out into a world that is not forgiving of mistakes, that will try to pummel them into submission, that is capable of awesome cruelty and deceit, but here they are. Emily Dickinson said, "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else," and if she, who spent most of her adult life in her bedroom, could feel that way, then think how it must be for the rest of us.

Suzanne said...

Oh, I love that Dickinson quote! Thanks to both of you for sharing this! I do just want to say that we serve some pretty good coffee chez moi...But perhaps without careful attention to the Incarnation, and all it implies, I'd serve up second-rate coffee...