It Doesn't Happen All At Once

“Real isn’t how you are made, said the Skin Horse. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

Does it hurt? asked the Rabbit.

Sometimes, said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.

Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, he asked, or bit by bit?

It doesn’t happen all at once, said the Skin Horse. You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Are there really any ordinary people? CS Lewis wrote, “Your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

Right now, it feels like we are all moving into the unknown together. Just like the rabbit in Margery William’s classic story. For sure there is mystery in the unknown, but also a lot of wonder. There’s no running away from it. If we see others as being holy, each life is to be relished and celebrated. My life has value and meaning, not because of anything I’ve done, but because God says so! We live in a world of stories. In sharing our stories, we learn what makes us alike, what connects us and gives us a sense of community. We are not alone, God’s Spirit is already there, maybe we are just ordinary people living ordinary lives.

Living Christ, We thank you for the gift of faith, that sees your word lived in the lives of ordinary people. We thank you for people we have yet to meet and the challenges we have yet to overcome. We are a people of hope, we know you live this life with us and through us. Amen

Lois Autterson

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