Advent Reflections 2020 : Day 17

Inception is one of those mind boggling movies that gives your brain a proper work out as you try to follow what’s happening…

For us, the nativity is not so hard to follow as we’ve got the whole picture, but for the different characters who were just minding their own business and got caught up in the history changing story – it must have been a bit mind boggling.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to watch the night sky and endeavour to work out what the constellations were saying, or having a child born amongst the animals and then being visited by the local shepherds or any of the characters who had angelic visitations and dreams.

Some says, that ever ‘gainst that Season comes;
Wherein our Saviours Birth is celebrated,
The Bird of Dawning singeth all night long:
And then (they say) no Spirit can walk abroud,
The nights are wholesome, then no Planets strike,
No Fairy takes, nor Witch hath power to Charme:
So hallow’d, and so gracious is the time.

Shakespeare : Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

I do love a bit of Shakespeare. This quote from Hamlet got me thinking about whether we treat the nativity as a hallow’d story to be explored reverently? If we do, then each year there are probably more and more layers we can uncover – a bit like the dream levels in Inception.

The tagline from the film Inception is ‘The Dream is Real’. I wonder if you too have felt like real life is a bit of a surreal nightmare in 2020? Perhaps the lines between reality and a dream world have blurred somewhat? Perhaps you can identify with one of the main characters in the story as you reflect on your life during the pandemic…

The Extractor, The Architect, The Mark, The Forger, The Chemist, The Point Man, The Tourist, The Shade.

Some questions to reflect on.

Is there a particular part of the nativity story that is mind boggling for you?

Is there another layer of the story you can unpack this year?

Can you give yourself a ‘kick‘ to reawaken in the reality of 2020?

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