As I go through my Facebook feed I am overwhelmed with all of the sales going on right now. As if we don’t have enough stuff everybody wants to sell us more. All I want to do is listen to the most beautiful opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”, that my foster-mom introduced me to the first Christmas I spent with her.
I love how Gian Carlo Menotti came up with the story. In Italy, where he grew up, the three kings brought gifts to the little children on Christmas morning. He jokes that perhaps Santa Claus was too busy with all the American children. He and his brother made up stories about each king and that stuck with him.
If you’ve never heard or seen the opera you are in for a treat. This is a story about a little poor boy who has nothing to give the new king except his crutches. When he goes to give them to the three kings he finds he no longer needs them.
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.’” — Luke 2:10-11
The message is that when we give everything we have to Jesus he in turn gives us everything we need, too. That’s what I want L and J to remember about Christmas the most. Sure, there will be one or two special packages waiting for them come Christmas morning. But we’ve learned that they don’t remember from year to year what they got. What they do remember is how we spent the day together, what we ate, and how much fun and love we have to share.
Happy Advent and Merry Christmas! Enjoy the show!