A lesson from Nestor
November 11, 2019, 11:53 AM

It is that time of year again, no I’m not talking about eating or shopping, it is Christmas Movie time. I don’t know about you all but in our household we have certain movies we watch during this time of year. There is one that we stumbled across about ten years ago because it was attached to the 1964 Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. It was released in 1977 and is titled, Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey. Yes, I’m serious. 

Nester and his mother are thrown out in a snow storm during the time of the Roman Empire and his mother covers him to keep him alive and she does not survive. Later, Nester comes across a cherub named Tilly. She encourages him to begin a journey to Bethlehem. Tilly tells Nester “Your ears can do wondrous things no other ears can do. The sounds they hear will guide you on a path that's straight and true, and then you will save another, as your mother once saved you." I will not ruin the story for you but, let’s just say, Nester helps someone special get to Bethlehem and his giant ears protect them in a storm. 

I love the line about the sound his ears hear will guide him on a path straight and true. It is so easy this time of year to be surrounded by the crowds and Christmas music that we forget to truly listen to each other. It is also easy to limit communication to text, e-mail, or Facebook posts and we miss the opportunity to fully understand the point someone is making by the intonation in their voice. My hope and prayer this Advent Season is that we would truly listen to the sounds around us and the voices in our conversations with others. May those holy moments guide us on the path that is straight and true to Bethlehem where our Savior was born on Christmas day.