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The Rockin' Rev December 2018

ROCKIN REVas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


With the Christmas season upon us I offer a little diversion from the frantic chaos of buying presents, sending cards, and putting up decorations


The Visited Planet (a Christmas fable)


Once upon a time, a junior angel was being shown around the splendours of the universe by a senior angel. To tell the truth, after being shown the whirling galaxies and blazing suns travelling infinite distances in the deathly cold of interstellar space, the junior angel was getting tired and a bit bored
It was all becoming too much until finally the junior angel was shown the galaxy of which our planetary system is but a small part. As the two angels drew near to the star which we call our sun and to its circling planets, the senior angel pointed to a small and rather insignificant sphere turning very slowly on its axis. It looked as dull as a dirty tennis ball compared to beauty and grandeur of what the junior angel had already seen
“What’s special about that?” asked the junior angel. “That,” replied the senior angel rather solemnly – “that is the visited planet.” “Visited?” spluttered the junior angel. “You don’t mean visited by ...?” “Indeed I do,” said the senior angel. “That ball, which no doubt looks to you so small and insignificant, has been visited by the Prince of Glory”.  At these words the junior angel watched as the senior angel bowed reverently
“But how?” asked the junior angel. “Do you mean that our great and glorious Prince, with all the wonders and splendours of His Creation, went down in Person to this dull and dirty ball? Why should He do a thing like that?” The senior angel paused and then replied, “It isn’t for us to question. But as to why He became one of them – how else do you suppose could He have visited them?”
The junior angel’s face wrinkled in disgust. “Do you mean to tell me, that He stooped so low as to become one of those creeping, crawling creatures on that floating ball?” “I do,” said the senior angel, and I don’t think He would like you to call them ‘creeping, crawling creatures’ in that tone of voice. For, strange as it may seem to us, He loves them. He went down to visit them with the hope of lifting them to become like Him. It proved to be quite a messy and costly business”
The junior angel looked blank. Such a thought was almost beyond comprehension. But the junior angel was determined never to forget about “The Visited Planet”
Adapted from a story written by J.B. Phillips


Rev Brian Hall

Vicar of St Andrew's Church

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