Anticipating Advent: Using What We are Given

“While they were there the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.”
-Luke 2: 6-7

    For as long as I can remember, the manger scene has been a fixture of Christmas with my family, due in part to several of my favorite Christmas books being about the nativity, or maybe because we have acquired and inherited no less than seven nativity scenes!
Whatever the reason, the books or the decor, it has never failed to draw my attention back to the heart of the season and to remind me of the incredible reason behind Christmas.

One of my first recollections of a my favorite nativity set (one I’m sad to say we lost or broke some time ago), was using the stable portion of it to house some heavy equipment and other toys.

     This somewhat unconventional use of the nativity led my brothers and I to wonder; why shouldn’t we add to the collection?  And so we got to work at once, pooling our intellect and resources to create a project that birthed a tradition – the lego nativity.  With characters and pieces from our lego collections we pieced together the first of many lego nativities, and proudly presented it to our parents.
     Building our own nativity helped remind us that we could both participate in giving something and in using what we were given as well.  Now we can easily see that Christ has given us far more than just the worldly treasures that surround us; he has given us love, mercy, compassion and hope, starting Christmas night 2016 years ago.
~Tate Garrett
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