My three-year old daughter asked that question out of the blue the other month. She was looking at the image of Jesus in the bedroom, and was probably wondering how come unlike her other interactive toys, this particular image is silent all the time. If you have a toddler, you know that they ask endless “whys” and “why nots.” But this question took me by surprise. I explained to her that this image of Jesus is a symbol, a representation of the real Jesus who is alive and who talks to us in many different ways – – like the butterflies she sees in the garden every day, which is Jesus’ way of saying good morning to her. I also told her that he talks to us all the time, but sometimes we can’t hear him talk because we are too busy and too noisy to listen to him. So we need to be silent and to reflect from time to time to hear what he has to say to us. I know it’s probably too much to take in for a three-year-old, but her conclusion made me laugh inside. She asked, “So we need to be quiet?” This question, coming from a toddler who can go on and on and on talking all day, was naturally met with an emphatic “YES!!!!”
I told the story to her teacher and my co-parents and, knowing my daughter, we all had a hearty laugh at the conclusion she came up with. As I further reflected on this exchange, however, I have come to realize that it was God’s way of talking to me – reminding me to take time to be silent and to momentarily drown out the commercialization that tends to undermine Christmas every year.
Thank you, Jesus, for the sweet reminder. I must have been too taken with my daily monologue that you had to belabor the point through my daughter. Happy Birthday, Jesus! As we welcome another New Year, I will take time to be silent – to reflect with gratitude on all the blessings and fulfilled promises as well as to ponder on my mistakes and shortcomings in 2012. As the fireworks fade and the torotots (trumpets) give way to silence on this new day, I pray in anticipation of even greater blessings in 2013. Thank you, Lord and I look forward to new learnings and experiences this year!