bit more.

 “But don’t be too judgmental now. For no one gives a Christmas gift like God gave. All of us have more than a bit of dark self interest in the things that we do.”

 I thought about the words that he had spoken and watched his work as he sprayed. “What are you doing?” I asked.

 “Rustproofing”, he said.

“But that’s not undercoating?” I queried.

“No. . . it’s not. Undercoating is the devil’s covering for cars, don’t you know? That black tar seals good for a while, fooling you into thinking that your car will last a long, long time into the future. Then, like your own life, the tar coating eventually hardens and cracks. Eventually the corrosive road spray gets beneath the tar, and attaches to the metal. Holes soon appear as the trapped corrosive material takes its toll and your car becomes unsightly and unsafe.”

 “Devilish indeed,” I echoed, thinking of the black goo. I’d not thought of the tar product as representing human sin in that way. I thought of how the Satanic, the “Prince of Darkness”, fools us into thinking we can preserve ourselves against all comers, “undercoated” from below until our substance rots away into uselessness.

 John disrupted my musings. “This wax oil is thixotropic.”


“Thixotropic… I spray this milky coating on. It’s made of wax, such as found in advent candles. I believe it may also contain olive oil,  and this travels like the Wisemen seeking Christ. It flows into nooks and wrinkles of the car to cover everything vulnerable. The oil protects everything it touches, like the oil put on your forehead

Epiphany Light...

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

                                                                                                (John 8:12-13)

when you are baptized. Like that baptismal oil. . , you can’t see it but you know it is there. Baptism guards you for your whole life and more.

“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)