***I posted a Facebook status recently, concerning the phrase, "laying one's troubles at Jesus' feet." I pondered if Jesus would wonder what he was stepping on when he got up in the middle of the night to pee. Would it be like impaling one's feet on stray Legos?
Among other posts which had winter holiday themes, one featured a nativity scene which was marvelously atypical. The Holy Family - Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were: ET, Wonder Woman, and Batman, respectively.
Now, you know as well as I do, there will always be some *inflexible* person who takes offense, where none is particularly intended. My take on the aforementioned depiction is pretty open-minded. Since Jesus is believed by some to be the Son of God, an extra-terrestrial seems an excellent choice to represent this key figure. Wonder Woman as Mother Mary was, in my opinion, nothing less than inspired. Biblical lore portrays Mary as trusting her fate to God, in an age when a woman who became pregnant out of wedlock, could be stoned to death. Some may opine that trust in God makes her more delusional than heroic: you say "po-TA-to," I say "po-TAH-to."
Then there's Batman as Joseph: logical choice, if you ask me. Batman has a secret identity; Joseph had secret doubts. Yet, in times of crisis, any super hero worthy of the title will pull up tights, don cape and cowl - and throw punches, as needed. Yep, sounds parental to me.
There were crowd scene extras, including Frankenstein's monster, Wolf Man, R2D2, and lesser-known figures. It all seemed perfectly lovely to me. So often, one hears that Jesus can be found whenever and wherever he is sought. Should we then not be able to see the divine in the ridiculous? What but attitude, distinguishes one from the other? Would not this world be a happier, better, place if we chose to see those who do not look like us, with eyes of love - or at least acceptance? Am I asking too many questions?
I have stayed up past my bedtime, hoping for a chance to have an online visit with a faraway friend. Needing to do something to pass the time, I acted on a friend's chance comment. We writers are like that.
May your days be ... the best you can make them.