Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's another nativity play

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 
(Luke 2:15 NIV)

It’s nativity play season for us. Our youngest is 7 years old and has taken part in her school play. This year she was the donkey. Once we had found ways around the sensory difficulties of a donkey costume – adventurous crocheting and borrowing later – we were ready to tackle learning lines and day by day coping with the stresses of the changes to the school routine that comes with rehearsals and finally performances. I know I’m biased but she was of course brilliant, and I was just so proud she did it… A couple of years ago she found it too difficult to even sit with her class at the front for the whole play. Needless to say she’s been absolutely exhausted since and everything has had to grind to a standstill for a few days to recover.

I just love the tradition of the retelling of the Christmas story. In our church we don’t leave it all to the children. On Christmas Eve we have a whole family service where we encourage everyone to dress up and take part in the retelling. There is something significant I think about these moments where we physically enter into the story afresh; these moments remind us to enter into the story emotionally, and spiritually. They remind us that as we read scripture these stories are not simply a report of a distant historical event. Rather within them are living word, truth spoken afresh into our lives.
To the darkness Jesus came as your light.
With signs of faith and words of hope
he touched untouchables with love and washed the guilty clean.
This is his story.
This is our song:
This is our story.
This is our song:
Hosanna in the highest 
(from Church of England Common Worship, Eucharistic prayer D)
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5 NIV)
  • How are you and your family retelling the story to and with each other, and entering in?
  • Which part of the Christmas story is speaking to you?
  •  Listen for his words of life.
Father we thank you for your words of life, speaking truth into our lives, speaking love over our lives. Jesus show us that love afresh today. Spirit open our eyes and ears to listen. Amen

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