Last week Presbyterian Women United and friends went to the Jubilee Museum (in the old school building of Holy Family Catholic Church in Columbus). On display are more than 200 nativity scenes, and one room has a whole village--complete with lamps lighted. It is beautiful to see how various cultures have used their own styles and resources (even, for example, making beautiful figurines of the animals and the baby Jesus out of corn husks!) to retell the story of "The Word made flesh" and to celebrate anew our Lord's coming.
In the news this week is a family from Mexico about to celebrate their daughter's 15th birthday. The father made a short video for his village saying that "everyone is invited." But the video has gone viral, and people around the world are thinking that "everyone is invited" means them too!
One of the great gifts of Christmas is the message of the angel: "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people." This gift of God is for you, too. For EVERYONE--near and far.