I’m a bit overwhelmed with all of the awareness days and ribbons. If I wanted to create an awareness day I think I would be out of ribbon choices… all of the colors are taken and most are even taken by several groups. I’m not knocking the whole awareness thing. I think, for the most part, it does help educate some. I’ve been known to see a ribbon of a certain color and go look it up online to find it’s meaning …. the problem is, unless I ask, I wouldn’t know whether they were making me aware of hunger or of Highway and Road Worker Memorials. Sometimes though, I’m not sure why awareness even needs to happen. Like today….
Today is Penguin Awareness Day. I’m not really sure who this day is aimed to make aware. Thanks to comical little penguins from cartoons and comic strips….Opus, may you rest in peace…. or possibly a nice documentary like, “March of the Penguins” or even for the retro crowd, a Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom episode, most everyone I know is aware of penguins. About 10 years ago I even became aware that some lived off of the coast of South Africa. So what are we needing to be made aware of????
Somewhere in some antarctic, uncharted territory are they, like “Kentucky Fried Chicken” Chickens are believed to be, being unethically bred and slaughtered? Are they in need of counseling as they live in great big groups and struggle to get along? Are they a gifted group of performers that need recognition or just a lucky break? Wait, maybe the whole awareness thing is aimed toward the seals that gobble up the penguins. Maybe that would explain the whole black and white awareness ribbon I saw on the killer whale today. (Just kidding)
I suppose there could be some significance to the whole penguin awareness thing… maybe they are gradually becoming extinct… I don’t know…. oh, I get it…. that is the the whole point… I just said, “I don’t know”….. I’m aware but not fully aware, therefore the need for Penguin Awareness Day! I feel so relieved to know that my little black and white awareness ribbon has significance.
The reality of it is that often we believe we are aware of something just because we know a little bit about it.
I was reading this morning about Jesus in his hometown. The people were aware of Jesus. They knew him as a carpenter’s son. They knew his mother and siblings. They knew him but they didn’t know him. What a shame…. it still happens today. Some know him and are aware of him but the never know him in a relationship and therefore aren’t aware of who he really is. That need for awareness is totally legitimate… the awareness of something more than an hour at church, a unpleasant experience with a “Christian”, or an attempt to read a hard to understand version of the Bible… those experiences may make us aware of his name and then we can claim to be aware but it is the investment of seeking and a commitment to him that makes us aware of who he really is …. we begin to see faith at work…. I don’t know… I’m seeing a red, white and black ribbon in the making.
How’s your awareness? How’s your faith?
Have a great Penguin Awareness Day!
53When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. 54Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.“
58And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
(Disclaimer: There really is a Penguin Awareness Day. According to most calendars it falls on January 20th. However, to my knowledge, there is not a representing ribbon for this day, but I think black and white would make sense.)