“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
Last week, while on vacation in New York City,
we stayed in a hotel just off Times Square in the heart of the theatre
district. Across from the entrance to
our hotel stands the Barrymore Theatre.
Currently a play is running there starring Daniel Craig (the current
James Bond) and his real-life wife, Rachel Weisz. The play just recently opened and is already
a major hit on Broadway. Each night,
crowds of people were standing on the sidewalk following the show just hoping
to get a glimpse of the stars. Security
guards and limousine drivers had roped off an area to allow the stars to get to
their cars without being mobbed by the crowd.
People stood ready to snap photos and to shout out at the actors as they
emerged from the building. The crowd was
heavy with anticipation - just looking for a passing view of the celebrities as
they exited the theatre.
The scene outside the Barrymore stands in stark
contrast to the way Jesus made His entrance into the world. Born in a wayside stable to a young virgin
and her betrothed husband no one would have known about Jesus’s birth if it
were not for the announcement of the angels to the shepherds. No crowds attended Him; just barnyard animals
and His loving parents, yet the arrival of Jesus will be remembered when every
actor of every age is forgotten.
Celebrity is fleeting, but the name of Jesus continues to inspire men
and women thousands of years after His brief life on earth. We must be careful not to get caught up in
the news of the moment and miss the news of a lifetime. Jesus and our relationship with Him will
stand when all else fades away.