Being Lead Deeper By A Child

 

Being Lead Deeper By a Child

Advent II

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.”

One of my favorite movies is the Groundhog Day” . Beyond the humor of Bill Murray we read of a man’s journey who is forced to relive the same moments of his life for eight years, and in each year he becomes more childlike, more real.

I actually spend more time with youth than I do with adults. People ask: “What changes do you see?”, “Do you see them change for the better?” LOL! The truth is I become more childlike because in living in their world, my world,  I have learned:

1. To trust.  Children  teach trust..We humans as we grow up become questioning and suspicious of others, but children, trust.  I trust  my younger friends more than my adult friends, because they take me for me, with all of my spots, and scars.

2. To be bluntly honest. Children are blunt, to the point, and straight up. They do not bull sh. .t.

3. To forgive and forget. Young people forgive and forget.

4. To not value money, but the person.

To be childlike means simply to love people as we meet them, to show trust and respect, and to be present to each other.

And finally youth  have a remarkable joy as described by Fr.Henri Nouwen:

“The period before Christmas has that remarkable quality of joy that seems to touch not only Christians but all who live in our society….

But Advent is not only a period of joy. It is also a time when those who are lonely feel lonelier than during other periods of the year. During this time many people try to commit suicide or are hospitalized with severe depression. Those who have hope feel much joy and desire to give. Those who have no hope feel more depressed than ever and are often thrown back on their lonely selves in despair.

When a person is surrounded by a loving, supportive community, Advent and Christmas seem pure joy. But let me not forget my lonely moments because it does not take much to make that loneliness reappear. . . . When Jesus was loneliest, he gave most. That realization should help to deepen my commitment to service and let my desire to give become independent of my actual experience of joy. Only a deepening of my life in Christ will make that possible.

The period before Christmas has that remarkable quality of joy that seems to touch not only Christians but all who live in our society….

But Advent is not only a period of joy. It is also a time when those who are lonely feel lonelier than during other periods of the year. During this time many people try to commit suicide or are hospitalized with severe depression. Those who have hope feel much joy and desire to give. Those who have no hope feel more depressed than ever and are often thrown back on their lonely selves in despair.

When a person is surrounded by a loving, supportive community, Advent and Christmas seem pure joy. But let me not forget my lonely moments because it does not take much to make that loneliness reappear. . . . When Jesus was loneliest, he gave most. That realization should help to deepen my commitment to service and let my desire to give become independent of my actual experience of joy. Only a deepening of my life in Christ will make that possible.”Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

 

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