I love the advertisement with the pet lizard taking the robotic hoover to go on an escapade down the street for himself. On the journey he mops up a tasty morsel for a treat, then uses the shiny hub-cap of a motorcar to serve as a mirror and later delicately maneuverers his vehicle to do some roller-blading with the local teenagers. Jeff exudes joy and freedom as he enjoys the sights of the city and then returns home hoping he has not been missed.
Thanks to modern technology however, though the family are away on a trip themselves the youngest member is able to link up with and view the living room and spots Jeff as he parks the hoover at the spot where he pressed it into service. ‘Enjoy the freedom of a better connected world with ‘3’ is the message being conveyed.
We live in a connected universe and what happens in one part impacts directly on another. We see this with the effects of climate warming, with the displacement of peoples, and the ravages of war. On the other hand, the smallest gesture of kindness has a ripple effect that can have far reaching outcomes.
Christmas is a time to deepen our awareness of our connection with the created world, with one another and with God. Walk around sometimes in your bare feet and feel contact with the earth. Send a Christmas card or talk to somebody you have not been in touch with for a long time. Spend some time in silence before the mystery of the original ‘three’----Father, Son and Holy Spirit in whose relationship of love we all share.
I also love a song “You do not walk alone” set to music by Elaine Hagenberg and available below on Youtube.
Wishing you joy, freedom and peace at Christmas.
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