Then a couple of weeks ago I read 'The clown of God' and I didn't know how to feel about it at first. But the more I thought about it, the more beautiful it became to me.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The Clown of God
This passage is from a book entitled, The Clowns of God, by Morris West. In
book, a deposed pope has gone through many trials and tribulations and it is
time of the Second Coming. When he meets the Returned Christ, the former pope
afraid and unsure much like the apostles when Christ first arose. This passage
takes place in a mountain hideaway where children from a school for Down
Syndrome are among those present. The Returned Christ is speaking about one of
these children as he holds her.
"I know what you are thinking. You need a sign. What better one could I give
to make this little one whole and new? I could do it; but I will not. I am the
Lord and not a conjurer. I gave this mite a gift I denied to all of
innocence. To you she looks imperfect--but to me she is flawless, like the bud
that dies unopened or the fledgling that falls from the nest to be devoured by
ants. She will never offend me, as all of you have done. She will never
or destroy the work of my Father's hands. She is necessary to you. She will
evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to
gratitude for your own good fortune... More! She will remind you every day
I am who I am, that my ways are not yours, and that the smallest dust mite
whirled in the darkest spaces does not fall out of my hand... I have chosen
You have not chosen me. This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!"
But....I can see where it might not sit right with some people. Especially if the child is yours biologically (?) ....I don't know. Maybe it makes a difference, maybe it doesn't.
But for me, with my adopted child, I thought it was beautiful and made me love him even more.
But does it sit well with you? Does it offend you? Do you feel defensive that someone is referring to your child as a clown?
I've been thinking about it for a while now and still haven't come to a solid conclusion....
But Toma is wearing his hat today :)
So...what do YOU think??