I am reblogging this so that it shows up on Facebook.
As Epiphany closes the Christmastide once more, a few incidents stand out in my mind as symbolic of the current state of the church and our faith in the present day:
- At a hotel where I stayed this week, a manager was giving instruction to her maintenance crew — at full voice in the lobby: “I want every decoration down and stored. I want Christmas totally and absolutely GONE by the end of the day!”
- Two gentlemen were taking the nativity scene down from in front of a local church. There was a plastic bucket sitting on a wheeled cart. One of the men grabbed the plastic baby Jesus by his ankle, tossed him underhand, and deposited him headfirst down into the bucket.
- Another crèche scene obviously outlived its usefulness — the church put it on the curb in a jumble of bits and pieces, Mary and Jesus and animals…
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