The Four – oops – Three Wise men


A few years back, at our annual 2nd grade Christmas Pageant, we had four Wise Men.  “Are you sure that you don’t want to be a shepherd?” I asked.  “Or, how about the innkeeper….or Joseph, we still need a Joseph?”  Nope, they wouldn’t budge….each wanted to be a Wise Man!  So, much to the dismay of many, we had four Wise Men in our pageant that year.  I still remember our paster looking at me and counting to three on his fingers…and then adding one more finger with a quizzical smile.  Really though, although some of our church elders were a bit set off by this, it’s a ten minute pageant with 6 year olds.  Is it really worth upsetting a child when no where does it say that there were three Magi anyway (except in a song)???

So, I’ve been thinking.  What was so attractive about the Wise Men role?  These men travelled some distance following a star to find a King.  They brought gifts and lay before the child.  And then, returned to their own country following a message that was revealed to them in a dream, avoiding Herod’s request that they come back and tell him where this King was.

We could all learn from these ‘Wise Men’.  What do we do with our gifts?  Do we use them to bring about peace in our world?  Do we remember to offer them back in Thanksgiving to the Gift-giver?

Do we travel-a-far to find the King?  Do we go out of our way, make time in our day to spend time with God?  Do we continue on our faith journey following the Star that is ever inviting us?  Do we set our eyes upon that star or do we allow ourselves to be distracted by more ‘earthly’ things?

Are we open to changing course when God asks us to take a different path in our lives?  Are we so set on our own way of direction that we miss the subtle promptings of God’s guidance?

Hmmmm….I think I understand our Four Wise Men a little better now.  Wise Men indeed!

Mirror, mirror on the wall….

So, Phil’s comment from yesterday got me thinking…. Which fairy tale would I recommend???

I love happy endings…we see that a lot in these tales, maybe that’s why they are so popular. But after some insomniatic (is that a word?) thinking I began to look at these in a new way – let’s have some fun….

Cinderella – the ‘ugly’ step sisters? Couldn’t they just be described as plain old mean? I’ll bet if they were a bit kinder, they may not have been so ‘ugly’ after all! Remember that cliche – beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Cinderella, in all her inner beauty, would have been able to see them as beautiful if they were just a little nicer.

Show White – couldn’t the queen have desired Snow White’s magnanimity instead of her beauty? After all, the queen was once beautiful, but age changed her….why couldn’t she have been graceful about it rather than so jealous of Snow White’s youthful looks?

Chicken Little – now there’s a story about going off the deep end! Just goes to show the snowball effect of fear!

Beauty and the Beast – well, we’re getting closer….Beauty could see the ‘beauty’ in the beast and her kindness and love transformed him, but again, he didn’t stay ‘looking’ like a beast – he was transformed into a handsome prince – it’s that obsession with looks again.

The Emperor’s New Clothes- Oh, I JUST LOVE THIS ONE! Can’t tell you how many people I’d love to tell – ‘look in the mirror, buddy’, and perhaps, I should look in one too, to make sure I’m wearing some clothes, if you know what I mean…..


My recommendation….Pinnochio! for this reason – ‘When you wish upon a star, MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHO YOU ARE’ – you don’t have to be beautiful, it makes no difference, we’ll all equal when we wish upon that star (or say that prayer)….

Let’s celebrate those lyrics:

When you wish upon a star (or, when you say that simple prayer)
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream (or, when your heart is in your prayer)
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star (when you say that simple prayer)
As dreamers do (as pray-ers, or lovers do)

Fate is kind  (God is kind)
She brings to those to love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through (God steps in and sees you through)
When you wish upon a star (when you say that simple prayer)
Your dreams come true