I am a huge Beatles fan. Not fanatical but appreciative. Mostly liking the music of their troubled creative let’s meet Dali Lami and be a bit strange years; “Abbey Road”, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “White Album” as opposed to their 60’s shag styles and repeating lyrics. Love the melancholy in George singing,”While your Guitar Silently Weeps”. Can listen to 90% of the White Album on repeat minus; “#7”, “Helter-skelter” and the pig song. I often listen to my music on shuffle mode while I am working or just taking that time to chill out and regroup.
The song “Long and Winding Road” came on between two classic Christmas songs, “Mary, Did You Know?” and “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”. This combination of songs stopped and made me reflect on Mary and Joseph journey on that road to Nazareth to Bethlehem.
For Mary , the long journey pregnant; swollen belly, swollen ankles, each jarring step of the donkey causing Mary to clutch her stomach in protectiveness. The discomfort of the bladder and aching back and not wanting to complain. Hoping the delivery does not come on the road and the apprehension of a first time mother.
For Joseph, the worry about his young wife swollen with child. Knowing the trip had to be made for the census but wishing they would not have had to travel. The feeling of urgency to arrive at their destination and to find a warm safe place for Mary. His frustration at arriving in Bethlehem and not finding a room.
The long journey of the mages aka wise men. The long journey Jesus would take in his adult life. The long winding road along the Via de la Rosa, the road of suffering to Golgatha. There are a lot of long winding roads in the story of Jesus and the people he interacted with; ordinary people, his disciples, and those who lives were changed because of the stories they heard..
Many of us too have been on long winding roads. Not being able to go to point A to point B in a straight path. It doesn’t mean that we have necessarily suffered just that we had to go a less direct route. Or some folks are incapable of taking or making straight lines.
God graces us equally no matter what our paths, routes, shortcuts or detours were to him. He loves the man who has known him a lifetime as well as the one that just met him. That always is astounding bu5 so true.
During this Advent/Christmas tide may your journey be less winding and more straight. But if you have a few curves or discomfort, hold on and know you have someone in your corner.