The Advent of the Adventure

The story goes that
a baby was born and
placed in bin where
the animals fed

Shepherds were awed
Mystics from the East
gave him expensive gifts
(but nothing practical)

The time leading
up to this event
is for considering
whether we’re ready

Ready to go on
the adventure once more
To seek justice, love kindness,
and walk humbly with our God

Ready to hear stories
from the man with the plan
who ran afoul of authorities
and, like Mandela, was

a prisoner of conscience
Unlike Mandela, he was
executed by the State in
the most humiliating way

Are we ready to follow the star?
Are we ready to see the babe?
Most importantly, ask yourself
the question Christmas poses:

Are you so focused on the baby
that you forget the lessons of
the man? If you max your cards
this Advent, the answer is “yes”

Give to charity in his name
Give to a homeless person in his name
Give thanks to God in his name
Give your heart to pursuing justice

…in his name

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

For Imaginary Garden With Real Toads’ Open Link Monday. Now that “Black Friday” and all that mishigoss has passed us by, I still wonder whether the secular Christmas has more meaning for people than the actual event. I don’t care that Jesus was probably born in July; I don’t “need” an immaculate conception or miracles. And I love Winter Solstice celebrations.  But I do take my marching orders from Jesus!

Peace, Amy