Storytelling is an almost ubiquitous reality in human culture. No matter the medium-- whether on screens, books, or human conversation--people love a gripping story. And with the vast availability of stories to engage with, how often do you return to familiar yarns? Do you have a beloved book or movie you read/watch regularly? Perhaps every time your wider family gets together, a certain story gets shared...and embellished a bit.
This Sunday during worship, our youngest church goers will share with us the story of Jesus' birth. It's one most of us have heard numerous times. No matter how many times we hear or watch the story of Jesus' birth, we can mine new lessons about who God is and where God is with us in our lives.
During the sermon time post-Christmas play, we are going to spend time ruminating on the story. We're going to ponder anew what the carols, words, and actions of the characters mean for us in 2021.
I hope the joy and hard work of our kids will inspire a new understanding of Jesus in your heart. Because, spoiler alert, God is always making things new, even old old stories