Christmas in a Modern Age

Christmas in a Modern Age

All around the town and all around the parish,
folks put up decorations wherein they laud and cherish
the Christ child and his mother and his holy birth
then put up lights and tinsel to show the joy and mirth
with which they remember all he represents,
and then they go a-caroling, these ladies and these gents,
overlooking other pilgrims in their present.
Dealing with such immigrants in real time is not pleasant.
They’d slam the door and relegate them to their horrid fate,
for generosity and charity is not the mode of late.
Religion is much easier when practiced from afar,
so those in need of shelter will not find our doors ajar.


The prompts today are joy, tinsel and cherish.

4 thoughts on “Christmas in a Modern Age

  1. Christine Goodnough

    This is what one would call a “multi-layered” verse. In a lot of ways poignant and truthful. Here are a few thoughts people turn over in their minds before they open their doors:
    –Welcoming the homeless is a worthy thought. We should. Sadly, media has flooded with world with tales (true & fiction) of strangers who turn out to be rapists, axe murderers, thieves. People are afraid. What if these supposed refugees trash our house, steal our identity, hurt us?

    –Sadly, personal charity has worn thin In our day. We expect the govt to look after refugees. When we see a need, the general sentiment is, “Why doesn’t the govt do something?”

    –Joseph and Mary were neither strangers nor refugees. They were returning to their old home-land, their own people, being “of the house and lineage of David.” And the town was flooded with people doing the same by order of the Emperor. Christians make a big thing of the “no room in the inn” but it’s not surprising. The stable was all the “host” had to offer at that point.

    –We don’t view refugees from Timbuktu as our ethnic kinfolk. While my ancestors came from Scotland, if a refugee family showed up on my doorstep claiming to be Scottish, I probably wouldn’t welcome them as long-lost kin. And for sure not someone from Peru.

    –We all know that a helping hand sometimes backfires. One of our friends took in a homeless druggie when he found him scrounging in a dumpster in one of our cities. The older man helped him clean up his life and they became like father and son. Years later the fatherly type took in another homeless young man. Not on drugs himself, he was secretly dealing…and got the “son” back onto drugs. “Father” tried to deal with this and the home blew apart; “Son” disappeared and was never heard from again.

    –We know a couple who took in six foster children and they became part of the family. This has worked beautifully. By all means, people, open your hearts and homes and take in a foster child, a street person, or refugee family if you see an opportunity. Just know what you’re getting into and have backup support.

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