Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Old Man Made Young Again

Why are some broken by adversity and others made stronger?

That is one of the themes in today’s story-- “The Old Man Made Young Again.”

The central image--a person burning in hot coals-- is also found in the mystical alchemical tales of late Medieval Europe. Here’s an illustration from the period showing the King redeemed through a container of fire.

But today’s story reminds me that I mustn’t “play with fire.” If we aren’t ready to undergo our transformation, we may, like the children in this tale, be born prematurely or undeveloped.

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