Oh my, this is almost as bad as Daniel’s Star Wars characters pointing guns at the heads of Mary & Joseph, in one of their Nativity sets! ;)
You see, in order to put the tea-light candle in this rustic-style tree-shape candle holder (where my little table-top Nativity sits under), you have to take the candle out of whatever holder/covering it’s in, because it’s a tight fit. So as the candle burns, it melts and drips. It didn’t drip this much at all other years… maybe the metal tree has become bent, and stands tilted? Anyway, what do I have to do to get all that wax off the baby!? Put him in the microwave? Baby in the microwave!? o-O
Hmmm…. not a great way to finish off Christmas. That’s why this is not the finish–it’s at the beginning of the post. :P
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)