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AS a regular cyclist around Bibra Lake and North Lake, it is frustrating how thoughtless/ignorant some people can be.
I see groups of people hogging both sides of the pathway, kids and animals that are not controlled.
The pathways are the same as the road: stick to the left.
I usually ring the bell on my bike to warn people and the majority acknowledge and move over, and I thank them for it, but some are obviously too ignorant.
Today I was abused by a woman for not ringing my bell, which I did, but this woman was walking up the middle of the pathway and had headphones on, oblivious to what was happening around her.
I have also had families set up a cricket pitch on the pathway.
With so much grassed area around, how thoughtless is that? WE live in rapidly changing times of both technology and communications.
Yet the story of Christmas comes to us in nostalgic forms. None of the shepherds used Facebook but they may have had a Twitter about the angels.
How then does the tradition of Christmas come to us today?
The story of Christmas has become lost amid the trivial and institutional ways of its telling. The myths surrounding the Bethlehem stories are so often told as events rather than traditions about an understanding of human life in the light of faith. Carols sung or played as we shop or even attend those times of the infant nativity plays do little for the meaning of Christmas.
In fact, the way in which the Christian church often tells or shares the nativity story contributes to its current meaninglessness. Why is this so? Maybe the churches have for too long simply put out the nativity scene as the actual product of Christmas rather than as a sign of deeper meaning of Christmas.
Carols and sometimes very obscure readings are used in worship that is not easy to understand and seen as having any relevance to today’s world and its massive needs.
Perhaps the deeper meaning of Christmas is very hard for a world so often more concerned with individual power than service and valuing others. We have seen this especially within the Australian political scene where power is the driving force in ridicule and rudeness. Ethical behaviour on all sides has been thrown aside for the gaining of the media spotlight.
We also see this lack of respect amid racial intolerance, international wars and civil wars where the inability of humans to resolve conflict remains the same as in times of old.
As members of today’s society we need the Christmas story of peace and goodwill to all, not to a select few who have power. This is the story of Mary and Joseph, the unmarried mother whose child was born in squalor. There were no porcelain manger scenes there.
I invite you as you celebrate the holy season of Christmas to spare some thoughts, prayers if you will, for others who are struggling at this time. They may have lost a loved one during the year. Their family cannot be together for some reason or other. Think also for the places of conflict around the world and remember in your offering of a prayer for peace.
Be generous in giving to those who serve others both here in Australia and overseas so that they will feel someone cares.
Make a commitment to relate to others with tolerance and respect.