Christmas is a wonderful time to share a story that offers a glimpse of what life is all about.
Alexander Papaderos was a doctor of philosophy, a teacher, and a resident of Athens – kind of a living legend in Greece. A man of strength and intensity, many said that to speak to him, or even to shake his hand, was to experience extraordinary electric humanity.
At his seminar on Greek Culture, Papaderos asked, "Are there any questions?" The room was quiet, and then one young man asked timidly, "What is the meaning of life?" Papaderos looked at the young man and said, "I will try to answer your question."
Papaderos pulled out of his wallet a small round mirror about the size of a quarter. He explained that when he was a small child, during the Second World War, he was very poor. One day he had found this broken piece of a mirror from the motorcycle of a German soldier. He had scratched the broken piece on a stone until he made it round. As a child, he was fascinated by the fact that he could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine.
Then Papaderos told the students, "When I became a man, I grew to understand that this mirror was a metaphor for the meaning of life. I am not the light, nor the source of the light. True light will only shine in the dark places if I reflect it."
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." Friend, this is the meaning of Christmas. The Christ Child came to give us life! I need your help to reflect His Light in the darkest places here on Skid Row this Christmas. The Greek philosopher was right when he said, we are not the light, but we are here on Skid Row to shine the light of Jesus. Please help.
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Willie Jordan (Mrs. Fred Jordan)