I’ve shared this Henri Nouwen story, about the tiny nativity scene that doesn’t even have facial features, at least three times now–this time just copied from a 2012 post–but it’s that good.
From January 6, 2012 (in case you want to see the photo): I love the story of the Wise Men, how they were “filled with ecstatic joy”, and “fell down and worshiped him”, etc. But my last Christmas thing to share is back to the Main Three again (Joseph, Mary & Jesus). Henri Nouwen talks about a church where the Nativity set was tiny, very nondescript. “Smaller than a human hand”. But then a light shines on the 3 figurines and projects huge shadows on the walls of the sanctuary–“large, hopeful shadows against the walls of our life and our world.”
…Without the radiant beam of light shining into the darkness there is little to be seen. I might just pass by these three simple people and continue to walk in darkness. But everything changes with the light.”
Welcome to Epiphany: the Season of Light!
“What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” (John 1:4-5)
Lord, may Your light flood people’s hearts, no matter what they’re going through.