Tonight we were fortunate to attend a Living Nativity play. I brought my camera along and I thought I would share some pictures and maybe even a few thoughts from the evening.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. (Luke 2: 1-5)
I love how Mary is looking at Joseph in this picture. Not a lot is said of Joseph and Mary’s relationship. This moment, even though it is only a depiction of the story, makes me ponder the trust Mary must have had in Joseph as her companion through these miraculous events.
…because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7)
How heart breaking it must have been to have no where to go. I wonder if the Inn Keeper ever realized who he had turned away.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. (Luke 2: 8-10)
What must it have been like to be a shepherd that night?
What would it have been like to see angels and be witnesses to the birth of Christ.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (Matt 2: 1-2)
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2: 12-14)
I love the holiday season. I love Christmas and all that comes with it – music, presents, cards, goodies, Santa…everything. But I am especially grateful for moments like these in the Christmas season that make me pause and remember the miracle of the Christmas story. The birth of my Savior. The importance of this one sacred silent night.
Tonight was a fantastic way to start off this week’s Christmas celebrations. Thank you to those who put it together.
Oh come let us adore Him – Christ, the Lord!