Advent Reflections 2018 : Day 7 : To Boldly Go…

For many of the characters in the Nativity story it must have felt like the crew of the USS Enterprise – boldly traveling to the unknown…

This is true in both a physical and emotional sense. Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem for the census, unsure as to how they would be received when they arrived. The Magi following a star, encountering King King Herod and eventually encountering Immanuel. The shepherds after waiting hundreds of years get to see the prophesy fulfilled…

But to us it perhaps is not such a bold step? We are used to hearing the story, engaging with it year in year out and I suspect that may take away some of the wonder that the nativity characters (and the crew of the USS Enterprise) experienced.

Star Trek has had a few excellent Christmas episodes, personal favourites include; Data as Scrooge in ‘Devil’s Due’, ‘Death Wish’ when the Enterprise is turned into a Hallmark Ornament and ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Jean-Luc as Scrooge.

So what can we do to bring back the mystery, the wonder, the excitement? how can we boldly go… towards Christmas?

  1. be like Joseph – do something selfless.
  2. be like the magi – immerse yourself in the journey.
  3. be like Jean-Luc Picard – try something new.
  4. be like Counsellor Troi – engage with good will and joy…
  5. be like the shepherds – Believe!

By way of a little bonus today – I found this and thought it was hilarious…

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