Becoming Real: 40 Days with the Velveteen Rabbit
Day 3 – Friday after Ash Wednesday – 19th February 2010
For a long time he lived in the toy cupboard or on the nursery floor, and no one thought very much about him. He was naturally shy, and being only made of velveteen, some of the more expensive toys quite snubbed him. The mechanical toys were very superior, and looked down upon every one else; they were full of modern ideas, and pretended they were real.
from The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams
When we first become part of the Body of Christ it can be very exciting and full of joy. However all too often we can find that the new toy in town has to start at the bottom of the pecking order. It seems that Christians are not always as good as they can be at welcoming others into the Nursery and sometimes look down on them presuming that, simply because they have not been around for too long, the new members are not as loved by the little boy.
If you find yourself in this position remember that God loves you simply because you are. There is nothing we can do to alter that fact and it does not matter what more experienced Christians say or think about you.
If you are someone who has grown old living in God’s Toy Cupboard ponder how you can be even more welcoming those who are new to the faith. Ask yourself if you allow pride of your own place hinders you from loving the little young ones who join the family of God. And if pride has taken first place find some way of making good the lack in your hospitality.
O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee,
for Christ’s sake, Amen
St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397)
© Andrew Dotchin – 2018