By: Darrelyn L. TuttIt wasn't my plan to do much for Christmas this year in the way of decorating;With a new move under our belt and all the upheaval that accompanies it, I questioned whether I had the energy to tackle Christmas.But ... the "Nativity" seemed a must.Locating the box that held the Nativity was a job in and of itself and by the time I found it, I'd already unpacked most of Christmas.Hmmm ...No small delight was mine when I finally found the box with the little writing marked "Nativity."But what I expected to find and what I actually did find were two very different things.Can we believe that in our whole move not one thing got busted and broken up but my tightly packed Nativity set;The nice one with the beautifully painted, picturesque porcelain figures?Blast and bugger ... what a sore disappointment.-Baby Jesus had a chip in his cradle.-One wiseman had disappeared.-One wiseman had lost an arm.-A sheep's leg had gotten sheared off And notably and worst of all ...-Joseph's head was broken clean off.I held the decapitated Joseph in my hand and, due to the supreme shattering he underwent, knew that his state was irreversible.Gratefully Mary survived unscathed ... but the whole manger scene was one of sad disrepair.-----And right in that moment ... God chose to seize the moment and this is what I heard Him say,The scene you're holding and looking at, Darrelyn, is a "broken real scene" composed of broken real lives. The scene that you're in possession of is the reason I sent my Son to earth and it is a far better depiction of man than the one which man works to display.All men are created equally broken;Even those in the Nativity scene.Man's brokenness is the "reason for the season,"And My presence is what situates a "Living Hope" into the season.Breathe the message in and share it:In all of your brokenness,I was born for you.In all of your brokenness,I gave My life for you,In all of your brokenness ...I love you.And I felt the presence of God in the "Broken Nativity." ------Hmmm ...Perhaps when we come to terms with our brokenness we begin to understand the true meaning of Christmas.And perhaps I've never owned ... a more valuable Nativity set.So much to think about.Merry Christmas.
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