tongue in cheek

Ever noticed how similar
the two words “oblivious” and “obvious” are?
Interesting for words invertedly related as they are—
just an “l” and an “i” separate them.
Also interesting, given that inverted relation,
how they coincide at this time of year.
For at Christmas, so the story goes,
the obvious came to the oblivious—
the obvious came to the obliviousness of the world:
“He was in the world, and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him” (John 1:10).
But through the unfolding years
it has become … well, obvious,
that the obvious also come to the obliviousness
of the people of God in the world.
“He came to what was his own,
and his own people did not accept him” (John 1:11).
So the obvious still comes to the oblivious
full of grace and truth—full of the dream—
the possibility of making one “l” of a difference
for each and every “i.”
“But to all who received him, who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God” (John 1:12).

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