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“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky

“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky
Altar Ego
Alan Dolit
A dream I had once: It starts out like a scene with Charlie Chaplin in “Modern Times”. In the opening scene a statue is being unveiled revealing Charlie lying on the base of the statue. I then envision an altar to Jesus. It too is covered waiting to be unveiled. As the cover is being lifted off the altar there is nothing on it except an old TV showing Ella Fitzgerald singing:
“Say, it’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me

“Yes, it’s only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me

“Without your love
It’s a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It’s a melody played in a penny arcade”

And then Jesus appears and he sings:

“It’s a Barnum and Bailey world
Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn’t be make-believe
If you believed in me” 

And then Burt Lahr appears as the cowardly lion in the Wizard of OZ saying “Ain’t it the truth, ain‘t it the truth.”
And Jesus says: “Take me down from the cross. Don’t put me on a pedestal nor build any altar for me, nor look for me in an empty tomb. I’m not there. Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you. And if you must have an altar, don’t clutter it with false icons. I’m the original iconoclast. Let the only icons in your life be those on your computer desktop. And let your altar remain empty, but keep it shined, so as an empty mirror it can reflect God‘s Love. And remember to let the dead bury the dead.”
And then the TV screen goes blank. And I realize it is only my “alter” ego that needs to make altars.

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