Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Weight of a Snowflake - A Christmas Parable

I came across this little Christmas Parable at a Food Resource website. Given the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary and the non-response-shift-the-blame-spend-more-federal-money-put-more-guns-in-the-hands-of-people-and-in-our-schools response to this horrific tragedy by the NRA; given the large number of homeless in America; given the ever growing number of starving children throughout the world; given our propensity in our national entrenchment way of thinking of what is in it for me … I thought it would give us some food for thought as we approach the Christ Mass and the glorious celebration of peace on earth, good will towards all people.

The Weight of a Snowflake

"Tell me the weight of a snowflake," a sparrow asked a wild dove.

"Nothing more than nothing," was the answer.

"In that case I must tell a marvelous story," the sparrow said.

"I sat on a branch of a fir tree, close to its trunk, when it began to snow, not heavily, not a giant blizzard, no, just like in a dream, without any violence. Since I didn't have anything better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of my branch. Their number was exactly 3,741,952.

When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch - nothing more than nothing, as you say - the branch broke off."

Having said that, the sparrow flew away.

The dove thought about the story for a while and finally said to herself:
"Perhaps there is only one voice lacking for peace to come in our world."

Whenever you think your contributions, acts of charity, work for justice, gifts of love, or your talents are nothing, or are small in comparison to those of others, remember that when one is added to another, and then to another, great things can happen---from "nothing more than nothing."

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