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Elise and I watched the Liverpool nativity again last night and found it very emotional experience the 2nd time around. There was something about the grounded way they told the story – with all it’s impossibleness, confusion, pain and unlikely heroes. It is a challenge to keep telling this story in a way that refreshes us to not just what happened but more importantly why it happened. I think the Liverpool Nativity succeeded in reminding us why this story is still relevant:

God intervened in our world not so powerful people could get what they want but so those who are running scared, who have nowhere to stay, who are not welcome, who are living outside the comfort of society, they get a chance to get what they need. In Jesus we all have a small child full of hope. So, at Christmas we tell this story and remember that the baby Jesus was born in very humble circumstances, had a precarious start to life, was an asylum seeker – a refugee. But his birth was the start of new hope for the whole world.

But I wonder who is listening to this story? Do we like to keep Jesus wrapped up in swaddling clothes, a baby saviour is safer than one that grows up, heals people, challenges society and dies a bloody and shameful death as a common criminal. I wonder if some of us like the baby Jesus more than the grown up one?

I have been sent a few other nativity scenes this year. Each reminding us of other aspects of this story and the twenty first century applications.

The Glasgow Nativity

Walled Nativity, distributed by the Amos Trust – A nativity set with a difference – this year the wise men won’t get to the stable.

Poignant, ironic and made in Bethlehem.
Apart from a small administration fee takings go to the manufacturers we work with in Bethlehem.

There has been quite a lot of blogging interest in these modern nativities – Cramner takes a political view; The Cartoon Church leaves it to others to have their say; John Davies has a local view; Steve B incorporates his own advent meditations into his response.

I took part in St Peter’s carol service yesterday and despite some family irritations (can’t be bothered to even raise them again here) we had a lovely Sunday as the family gathered to watch films, eat and chill out. Mark is at the Amnesty bookshop doing his last volunteer of the year, I am in bed, Mum is making angels with Eva and Elise is watching tv. All is well in the Loudon house. Our own imperfect nativity is set.


Written by ellenloudon

December 24, 2007 at 10:06 am

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  1. Richard and I watched the Liverpool Nativity late on Sunday night, after getting back from our Carol Service, and it blew us away. I was a bit anxious at first, mainly I think because I was subconsciously realising in just how many ways it could go horribly wrong…but it was a triumph. The casting was great, the updating of the narrative was spot on, the musical choices were at times fun and at times poignant…the crowd’s embracing of the story made me want to hug the TV at certain moments. I can’t imagine it working as well in any other city. But I think the Top Award of the evening should go to whoever was responsible for the sound, which was excellent throughout and must have been a nightmare to orchestrate.

    Tracey Wheeler

    December 28, 2007 at 5:58 pm

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