Trying to Find Jesus

I spent most of this morning trying to find Jesus.  Not the real Jesus; He’s easy enough to find. Trying to find an affordable outdoor nativity scene, on the other hand, is an adventure in futility.  Jesus may have come for the poor but if you want to put the nativity scene on your front lawn or in your condo garden (if you’re allowed to do so), you’d better have the frankincense, myrrh and gold.  Lots of gold.

One version of the nativity, a very simple, primary color light-up version of Jesus, Mary and Joseph was on sale this weekend for $38 at K-Mart.  It quickly sold out.  The only place you can get it now is at K-Mart on 34th.  Wait – there’s a K-Mart on 34th Street?  There are a few other outdoor nativity scenes that are under $150 but they’re either cardboard cutouts or miniatures for outdoor tabletops.  A typical, statuary nativity scene will cost you anywhere between $200 and $2,000 or more.  Guess that’s what the after Christmas sales are for.

I finally decided on a metal Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  They don’t have to worry about the Romans or the San Hedrin, but there is the danger of the Tattooed Lady next door.  She already knocked over one of my outdoor candles and one of my Christmas gnomes.  Goodness knows what she’ll do to the rest of my decorations when it finally stops raining and I can put them out.

After hearing all the horror stories of towns being forced to remove their nativity scenes, I wanted to get my very own outdoor nativity, just to be able to make a statement.  The reindeer and the snowmen and the Christmas Trees (that’s Christmas Tree, not Holiday Tree) are fine.  But Jesus is what the holiday is all about.

By the way, the managers of King Edward VII Hospital might try to remember that when they’re firing staff for unwittingly taking calls from adolescent radio deejays.  A good guess about what happened to Nurse Saldhana is that the nurse who gave out the information may have been sacked and Saldanha felt guilty about it.  The hoax may have been wrong, possibly even illegal by British and Australian broadcasting laws.  But it didn’t lead to that nurse’s death.

What led to her suicide was an overreaction by stiff-spined management.  This woman didn’t commit suicide the day of the prank.  She died two days later.  Plenty of time for the hospital to fire the other nurse and for Saldanha to blame herself for it.  One of the newspapers even said that the hospital admitted it had a “reputation to maintain.”

People make mistakes.  The Australian deejays made a mistake.  The two nurses made a mistake.   Did the management of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital made the biggest mistake of all, however?  It would be nice to know the truth, though we have little chance of finding out if they fired that other nurse.

We should be told the truth and it should serve as a lesson to managers everywhere, especially at Christmas, who have a tendency to browbeat, threaten, and belittle employees who make mistakes.  Who do you think you managers are, throwing temper tantrums and treating your employees like garbage?  Show them who’s boss.  Yeah, right.

We all make mistakes, including you managers, which naturally we never hear about.  Mankind made the biggest mistake of all in fleeing the Garden of Eden because they thought they knew it all.  Jesus was God’s Christmas gift to us – forgiveness.  Mercy.  Pity.  Kindness.

In God’s Kingdom, all is forgiven.  Pity we can’t say the same down here.  It would have been one thing if one of those nurses had given someone the wrong medication and killed them.  It would have been another thing, too, if the deejays had given some wrong report about a news event, maybe causing a riot or a blood feud.  It was a prank and an innocuous one at that, for all the self-righteous critics complain about the invasion of the Duchess’ privacy.

Try getting some perspective, people, and get with the Christmas Spirit.  Go out and find Jesus, not scapegoats.


Published in: on December 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm  Comments (4)  

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