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Abducting Jesus from a Crib
December 27, 2009 |
I am a receptionist at a Lutheran retirement community here in Mount Pleasant. We have an issue, whether baby Jesus should be put in the manger of the creche before Christmas morning. We of other faiths think that by the time the wise men arrived, baby Jesus would most certainly have been available. Several members of our community, though, insist that baby Jesus cannot be seen until Christmas morning, and they plot to steal him away (totally without humor, I might add) before the day of the blessed event.
I am hoping that you will be willing to venture into this dangerous territory.
Paige Van Pelt
Mount Pleasant, S.C.
This is a danger of retirement for Lutherans, Paige: they will turn their intellectual powers to small things and make large things out of them. They were brought up to be kind and defer to others and not make a big issue of things, but this wore off and now they are abducting Jesus from a crib, and before long they may turn to bank robbery. Lutherans are industrious people. They are bred for work. If you drive them into retirement, they will go bad. Your crafts program may be to blame instead of putting the oldsters to work painting landscapes or weaving or carving, you should put them to work cleaning and vacuuming and baking and canning. And digging would be good. You need a work program at your retirement community. You could put them into orange jumpsuits (so they don't get run over) and have them pick up trash by the roadsides. I have other ideas, if these don't work out.