Merry Christmas, friends! Christmas is meant to inspire us with joy, awe, and gratitude for the gift of the Incarnation and all of its amazing ramifications for our lives. However, Christmastime is also notorious for a general uptick of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation, even among the population of faithful Christians. We all deal with this from time to time throughout our lives, and it is easy to get caught up in a culture that promotes the image of a perfect “holiday celebration” including perfect meals, perfect gifts, perfect decorations, all of the perfect Christmas “feelings” and all of the “perfect” people to share it all with. It's easy to get frustrated when our reality does not look like everyone else’s Christmas cards.
A while back I wrote a blog about two rose bushes my fiance gave me for my birthday this past year. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read it, you can find it on the blog. If you remember, he told me when he gave it to me, ““Okay, so, I put them in pots for you, and I got you some rose food. Now it’s up to you to take care of them. …So if they die, it’s your fault.”
Ready for the update??? THEY’RE DEAD!
A few weeks ago, while praying, I read this: “Then, the chief butler said to Pharaoh, ‘I remember my faults today.’” (Gn 41:9) This man in Genesis had a trade from which I get my surname, so obviously the verse jumped off the page at me. I’m guessing a butler has never had a more prominent role in all of scripture! So, what’s the context?
After being wrongly imprisoned, Joseph shares prison space with two others – a butler and a baker. What seems at first like nursery rhyme material turns spectacular when they both have dreams that Joseph interprets correctly for them. Joseph entreats the butler, when he is freed, to remember Joseph’s kindness by telling the Pharaoh about Joseph and his innocence. Yet, two years after being free, the butler had still forgotten and never told the Pharaoh. Finally, when the Pharaoh has a disturbing dream, the butler remembers his fault and finally shares the truth about Joseph with the Pharaoh.
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