Thanksgiving was just 1 week ago. Advent starts tomorrow. Christmas Eve is just 25 days away. We are in that exciting time of year that I absolutely love so much! The Advent & Christmas season!
Last night, families from my church went to a local movie theater to watch the new animated movie called The Star. This movie is super cute, and while they take artistic liberties with the story (mainly the timeline), they share the story in a way that kids will understand. This movie has a young donkey named, Bo, who is a mill donkey yearning for a greater life – specifically to be part of the king’s caravan. One day he breaks free, and Bo goes on a big adventure, which brings him to the home of Mary & Joseph, after Mary’s return from visiting Elizabeth & Zechariah. Bo becomes Mary’s pet. When Mary & Joseph travel to Bethlehem, Bo finds himself on a big adventure with his friend, Dave the dove, where they encounter Ruth, a sheep who left her flock to follow the star. There are also 3 funny camels that travel with the wise men, as they all follow the star which leads them all to the manger in the stable. You can visit the website for The Star and meet the characters, print off coloring sheets, and much more. If there’s one movie I recommend families to go see this season, it is The Star.
While watching this movie last night, I’ll admit that watching the story of Jesus’ birth brought tears to my eyes. It is such an amazing & beautiful story. I can’t imagine how afraid Mary & Joseph felt. At one point in the movie, Joseph comments that he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to raise the Son of God. I don’t know that I ever really thought about the Christmas story from the view of Joseph in this manner. That had to be crazy scary knowing that he was going to be the earthly father of Jesus.
I love the Christmas story so much. It isn’t the beginning of the story, but it’s one of the major pieces with Jesus coming in as a main character. To get the whole story, we need to go back to the beginning. This Sunday, I’ll be sharing a kids moment at church called The Whole Christmas Story. It comes from my friend Christina at Refocus Ministry. I’m excited to share this with our church. God loves us so much that although we have broken our covenant with God time & time again, He has kept His covenant with us by sending Jesus to earth in human form, where he endured some terrible things before being crucified and dying on the cross for our sins. However, that’s not the end because Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day and is now living in heaven, seated next to God. It’s such a beautiful story. I’m thankful for this story. I’m thankful for the hope it brings.
Hope – my word for 2017 and something we associate with the Christmas season. As we go through the Advent & Christmas season, be filled with hope. Instead of focusing on the hustle & bustle of the commercial part of Christmas, take a cue from Linus in A Charlie Brown Christmas and focus on the story of the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Spend intentional time with your families and help to spread hope, peace, love, & joy in this Christmas season.