Advent Resources 2007: Australian Nativity

30 11 2007

by Mark Pierson

Gas Station Nativity

Bonding time: the Nativity in Townsville, Jan Hynes, 2007
All reflection images are by Australian artist Jan Hynes, set in contemporary scenes around her home city, Townsville.

Luke 2: 8-20, The Message

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

 

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

 

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,

 

Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

 

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

 

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

 

View the entire reflection set here.

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