The "Velveteen Rabbit" is a classic children's book from 1922 by Margery Williams. This newer edition is my favorite of the various illustrators over the years:
Eventually he becomes really real when the nursery magic Fairy kisses him and takes him off to live in the land of rabbits.
Alan Cohen says that the world most people consider real "is fraught with illusions...money, fame, power, sex, and material security." Those things never really satisfy for long. How often do people achieve their goals only to feel like it isn't enough. Cohen says the real world is "the world of kindness, caring, vision, and and service" because these are our divine attributes--our true, i.e., real selves.
In "The Velveteen Rabbit" the boy's love made the stuffed rabbit feel real, but it wasn't until the nursery magic Fairy kissed him that he actually became a truly real rabbit. I think those who have looked for a spiritual meaning in this story have missed the point if they do not take the analogy this further step. Yes, our earthly relationships can make or break our feelings of whether or not we feel lovable and therefore "real" in the sense we are worthy of being here. But our true worth comes from being "kissed" by God--that is to say, redeemed and thereby made worthy. It is only then, that we truly become authentic because Christ reconciled us with God who created us to be One with Him.
Father, I prefer Your real world of kindness, caring, vision and service. Help me to keep my eyes on what is good in this world so that I may be a part of it rather than a part of the illusion.
Link to scripture: http://mlbible.com/philippians/4-8.htm
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