I was challenged a couple of years ago in a Sunday School lesson about the Nativity Scene. The truth is most of us probably only think about it at Christmas time and the challenge was to keep your Nativity Scene out all year long to keep it on your mind. The significance of that fateful night should affect us all year long, not just as Christmas approaches.
At our adult Christmas party at church this year one of our pastors read an exerpt from a book by a well known Theologian. I should remember his name, but I don’t. The story was about the other people that were left out of the story of the birth of Christ. The Inn Keeper sticks out in my mind. He tells the story from the Inn Keeper’s point of view. I thought it was so creative and thoughtful. We just know the story we hear every year on Christmas Eve. Does anyone ever research any other part of what happened that night? Maybe your not interested and that is fine, but after I heard that exerpt it peaked my curiosity. I want to know more!
I think sometimes we get so caught up in trying to keep our traditions alive that the real meaning of Christmas is lost. And I know the big topic this year on all the talk shows and all the water cooler conversations was the spirit of Christmas being lost by the commercialism of it all, but I don’t think that is so true. Commercialism is part of who we are as Americans and I don’t think it’s all bad, however when we start to overlook the birth of Christ as the start of Christmas then I think we have made a huge mistake!
The lights and presents and holiday cheer are a fun way to celebrate and I like that part too, but we must not forget what started all the celebrating and that is the baby being born in a manger who would become the King of all the earth.
May the love of Christ be present in your life everyday!