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Year of the Rabbit

There’s an old gag, about a bald bloke, who used to wear a rabbit on his head……. ‘cause at a distance, it looked like a hare! (I’m not sure the prophet Elisha, who himself was follicly-challenged, would have appreciated that one. And may have responded with a devastating one-liner of his own, to lay ‘bare’ the joke-teller’s cruelty. (2 Kings 2:23-25)).

All of us seem to have some physical feature to keep us humble. A misshapen nose, a mis-sized chin, a misaligned tooth, a misdirected lock of hair……. all which we try to subtly disguise, which sometimes, unfortunately, only draws further attention to the perceived imperfection. Perhaps, rather, we should quietly accept the flaw, grateful that it keeps us from pride, and grateful that it reminds us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and knowing too, that strangely, beauty can be found in misalignment.

The Apostle in his letter to the Corinthians (in teaching about the composition of the church and the importance of valuing the less spectacular members) alludes to this paradox in these words: “Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.” Which is a useful thought to consider when we are standing in church, or before the bathroom mirror, in this new Year of the Rabbit.

DM 14th January 2023

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