"Between Worlds" is a blogger I've been following recently, because she talks about deep issues. These issues matter in our broken world, because Christ-followers are yearning for God's way of living to be done on earth, to have a whole heaven cover over broken earth.
When I read the post below, it made me wonder, "What images of Jesus am I showing my kids this Christmas season? Daily? Yearly?"
Now, you may argue that we best embody Jesus. That is true. But for curious kids, they want to see pictures to go with the stories. What if the pictures they see only represent one people group?
When Even Jesus Is WhiteHop over to "Between Worlds" http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/when-even-jesus-is-white/
Some InspirationWhen you see our nativity, know that it was a gift meant to appeal to our kids. Thank goodness it is NOT Veggie Tales or Peanuts. Whew! The truth is, Nick and I have been looking for a nativity since we've been married 5.5 years ago... maybe we should stop being picky :-)
Ideally, a nativity would be abstract enough to not lead the viewer to assume a race or nationality in the figures. Rather, the simplified forms would help the viewer contemplate the role or posture of the figure. Ideally, a nativity would have all members present: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a shepherd or two, the three wise men, animals, and an angel. So many nativities leave out a member or two that are vital to the story of Jesus' birth and why it is significant!! Ideally, a nativity would be purchased from a not-for-profit where the artists are paid living wages and given training.
We like these below... but see if you can spot who is missing:
|Peruvian, 10,000 Villages|
|Kenyan soapstone, Serrv.org|
|Acacia wood, Serrv.org|
What's around our house?
|Only nativity at our house, includes shepherds, wise men, angel|
|Cards from past years, kept for the kids to handle and view -- lots of medieval and Renaissance styles|
Left, this Mary is my favorite - lots of emotion! And medium skin tones
Right, this card's figures lack faces. You can guess their emotions.
|These images of Jesus were on the grandparents' monthly devotionals. Definitely saved them :-)|
Left, the boy Jesus teaching the temple teachers of the Law
Right, Jesus and the disciples in Emmaus
Thoughts from the other half of this marriageNick has republished a reflection on Mary from last year that fits into this theme. He writes here: http://prodigalpreacher.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/advent-reflection-mary-gods-untouchable-servant/
How about you? What nativities do you display?
Which images of Jesus are around your house? I'd love to hear about them!