Incarnation.

Saint John of the Mall wasn’t where I expected him to be. He had been by the coffee place. I thought it was his regular place. My friend Brenda knew him, after all.

But here he was, sitting in front of The Children’s Place. With his feet out. Where I could trip over them.

“They weren’t in your way,” he said. “You were so lost in thought that you almost stepped on me.”

I turned to Nancy, looking for support. She shook her head. “You were somewhere else,” she said. “It happens often so I’m used to it. But this time it got you into something.”

No allies.

10991179_10204874941610967_3908306043738546335_nI turned back to John. “So are you sitting here because Christmas is about children?” I put just enough irony in my voice so no one listening would assume I was one of those holiday people.

John smiled at me. “I wouldn’t start Christmas with children. I’d start it with creativity, with the start of everything. Christmas isn’t just about babies, not even baby Jesus.”

I was pretty surprised.

He got up slowly and motioned Nancy and me to walk with him. He looked older than time, but he could still walk pretty well.

“Not that there wasn’t a baby Jesus. It’s just that the baby part wasn’t the most amazing part. It was the flesh part. Baby, child, teen, adult. All the stages, all the moods, all the parties, all the arguments, all the words.”

“So, shouldn’t you be down by the Body Shop?” I asked. I laughed.

“It’s closed,” he said. “And the baby part is important. But he put on a body and walked around. Jesus engaged in conversation walking with people.”

John looked up. We were by the maternity shop.

“I’ll leave you here,” he said. “My friends Matt and Luke like to tell baby stories as the starting point for Christmas. I’ll wait for them here.”

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

2 thoughts on “Incarnation.

  1. Good morning Jon!
    I find it fascinating how God uses our various moods to involve us & help do what He wants done; not what we want.
    Your finding “John of the Mall”, where you found him was not where you thought he would be, yet, it is where God wanted you to find him. You did not expect to find home because he was not where you expected/wanted Hume to be; hence you allowed your thoughts to wonder & wham – there he was.
    I don’t believe you are alone in this method of God achieving His will.
    John’s departure from you was most interesting, his musings along the way, thought provoking.
    Now? Isn’t that Gods way of getting things done?
    Remember, we are here to bring glory to God in what we do, say, & act. Sometimes I find I need a nudge from him.
    Did you enjoy His nudge on that day? I sure enjoyed reading about it.
    Thanks.
    W

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