Christmas and the Adult Christ
But is that all there is? Is it only about the infant Christ? The first breaths of the Christ within when, in the awesomeness of discovery we come and worship and offer our gifts. What about later, when the Inner Christ has grown into a toddler and needs to be disciplined? When we need to learn that all promptings in our heart are not from God? When we learn that we need to know better the voice of God so we know when to follow and when to say no? What about when the Inner Christ is just learning to speak and the words are not clear? We need to listen closely and engage in conversation so that the growing spiritual child will learn to speak clearly. Do we, in our lives and our meetings, celebrate this growth, and share our experiences, and help each other with a kind and gentle hand?
What about when the infant Christ has grown within us and has become the adult Christ? Are we willing to share an adult, fully grown faith with each other? Can we learn to speak with the spiritual voice of a mature adult and not just in the tentative words of the spiritual infant?
Perhaps because so many modern Friends come from other backgrounds and traditions, the voice of the seeker seems more prevalent than the voice of the mature finder. So as we celebrate this season with stories of the birth of Jesus, let us remember that birth is not the end point of our spiritual lives, any more than childbirth is the essence of parenting. These are only starting points. The goal of parenting is to raise adults who are loving and caring and have the strength and skills to face the challenges of their lives. So with our spiritual lives, the goal is not just a spiritual rebirth, but to have the inner Christ grow within us to be a everyday guide, comfort and support, to have the presence of God a part of everything we do, and to share the fruits of that growth with the people around us and in the wider world.
Blessings to all.