It’s a challenge we face every year: how can we embrace the wonder and joy of Christmas when all around we are hearing that joy comes from gifts and Christmas number ones? How can we remember the shock of the birth of Jesus when we are getting settled back in to tradition and comfort?
The story of Christmas, complete with shock factor, is not lost. Around the world people are experiencing the news of Jesus’ birth with those emotions because they are understanding it for the first time. We heard about one woman in Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde) who, hearing the Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in her own language for the first time, laid down her national-language Bible and said,
‘For the first time in my life, I felt washed by the word. I thought I knew the Christmas story by heart, but I must confess that today I feel like I’ve heard it for the very first time.‘
We want to help bring back the shock and wonder of Christmas. On our website, we’ve included a short list of some resources you might find help you, your family and your church to get back to the first readers’ emotions. Included are:
- Paperless Christmas – a surprising new twist of seeing the Bible story in video
- Advent Conspiracy – turning Christmas upside down by celebrating and giving, instead of buying and eating
- And a story from Bible translation – share in your church and small groups to give you a fresh vision of Christmas.
Do you have a Christmas idea great for shaking us up and bringing back the wonder? Tell us in the comments below.
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