Whenever you see a nativity scene, be reminded that
God wants to be closer to you.
According to tradition, the first nativity scene was built by St. Francis of Assisi in 1223 to encourage the villagers to worship Christ. It was life-sized with live animals in a cave in Grecio, Italy, a small mountainside village.
Now nativity scenes are everywhere around the world, and even include live performances. What a powerful way to visualize the love of God, and his mission of reconciliation!
Jesus is called by many powerful names…
…Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of PeaceThe Bible
The name most meaningful to me is Emmanuel, “God with us.” It tells me that–just like the original plan–God’s plan and desire is still to walk through life with us, providing all we need and working out all of our experiences for good.
Let’s use the simple, childlike images in a nativity scene to have some quiet moments with God.
Inspired by this beautiful article, I hope you’ll join me in contemplating the love offered in that first nativity.
Below is a collection of my own nativity scenes, with “reminders”.
Feel free to use these (and share!).
I wish for you the love, comfort and hope found
in the first Christmas, every Christmas!