“The Road” has been long.
It’s been a long year, but we have journeyed past the good times and the bad.
Last night began a celebration of Christmas time alongside my wife and kids.
It’s a lovely blessing to have my mom come into town to spend Christmas with us as well.
Together we continued our “Novena” with our eighth day of prayer. Our “Novena” is a nine day prayer that helps us contemplate on the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. It’s a tradition I’ve known since I was a little boy and now we pass this on to our kids.
Last night, the eighth day, we prayed and reflected on Joseph, frantically searching for a little space for his wife, to give birth.
The insight of Joseph finding peace in Mary’s eyes, strength in something greater than himself, gave him resilience to sacrifice his dignity, his comfort.
As you watch this trailer please pay attention to the fierce effort Joseph puts to getting his wife and child to safety.
THE NATIVITY STORY
This is a story I know. The story of the carpenter who traveled far and wide, with his wife at his side. She, who at times rested on the donkey they took with them.
We know this story. And alone it stands as the ultimate tale of good news and triumph for those who will believe.
And then comes a parable of sorts, a story written by Cormac McCarthy, a film directed by John Hillcoat, starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.
As you watch this clip I hope you get a sense of the devotion this father has for his boy. If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it.
A love story about a father and his son, as they travel amidst the dark ash of a fallen world. In this savage world a fathers finds his will tested, not only to survive but to teach his son how to do so, once he departs from his side.
The gift of this Christmas season was found in the spirit of this boy. His giving heart proved to his father that indeed he understood the call to keep “carrying the fire.”
In fact, on two major points the boy teaches his father about humanity and the richness in a selfless act.
Both of these films bring to light the hope we can find if we dare endure the darkest of times.
And to that I say:
“Carry the Fire, with a giving heart, let it burn beyond the gray ash of the fallen sky to the edge of the world, where others may follow.”
May this Christmas time help us find a selfless heart in times of plenty, but especially in times of shortage.
Merry Christmas to all. Have a Happy and Holy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.