24 Dec

Family Christmas

I have often thought of the meaningfulness and the beauty of the iconic image of Christmas: the family in the manger.  I do not think it is by accident that the story of Christmas will forever be told  in the frame of the family.  Indeed, I think the family is the true sacred and spiritual touchstone of humanity.  The family, not just in the lovely but sometimes limited sense of a mother, a father, and a child, but the family as in the human family, humans joining together in  various forms  to help and love one another and to care for and protect our young. 

MacLeish said it best, although he was hampered in his choice of words by the consciousness of the time of his writing.  You will excuse me if I paraphrase the ending of his beautiful essay that he wrote upon seeing the photo of our planet taken by Apollo 8.

“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers and sisters on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold, brothers and sisters who know now they are truly one family.”

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