This isn’t really a Christmas story, but I’ve always loved it. The first time I heard it, I was moved in a very profound way. Later that year, when Christmas came, it was the first thing that came to mind. I post it on my Facebook page every year and last year, I posted it here. And now I’m posting it here again.
One night, Confucius had a dream about chopsticks.
In the dream, he was transported to Hell, where he saw multitudes of people sitting at enormous tables set out with wonderful foods of all kinds. There was so much food that the tables groaned under the weight and the various aromas were mouth-watering, promising incredibly delectable flavours. But the people sitting at the tables had not touched any of it—they had been told they could eat as much as they liked but only if they ate with chopsticks that were five feet long. None of them could figure out how to eat with five-foot-long chopsticks so all they could do was stare hopelessly at this amazing feast and cry in hunger and misery.
Then Confucius was taken to heaven where he again saw multitudes of people sitting around enormous tables laden with glorious foods. They had also been told they were allowed to eat only if they used the five-foot-long chopsticks. But these people were not crying with hunger and frustration—they were eating their fill, talking, laughing, and enjoying themselves.
Because in heaven, they were feeding each other.
My friends, whatever holiday you celebrate, however you celebrate it, I hope it’s heavenly.