We took the kids to our church’s Christmas Eve service earlier today. It was full of singing, with special videos and live artistic renderings, all in worship of the Baby born in Bethlehem. Our pastor, Jeff, shared his talents with us again, this time in sand art. Our kids were enthralled as he created images of a baby in a manger, the solar system, the earth, a baby in utero, Jesus on the cross….each image flowing from another. When the video of that session is available, I will post it here. Until then, enjoy watching Jeff’s artistic blessing from last year’s Christmas Eve service.
We’ve been listening to a lot of Christmas music these past few weeks, and every night we gather to tell part of the Christmas story. My children are becoming very familiar with the different scenes: Joseph’s dream, the Annunciation (Mary and Gabriel), Jesus’ birth, the shepherds, the magi, etc. It’s very fun to hear them discussing such things among themselves as we drive around town or have dinner at the table.
With such discussion come many questions: “How far did the wise men have to go?” “Did Mary ride a donkey to Bethlehem?” “Why was Zachariah so scared?” “What’s myrrh? what’s frankincense?” (no questions about gold, you notice)…
The question I’ve been fearing has yet to arise: “Why would Joseph want to divorce Mary?” I’m just not feeling up to explaining pre-marital pregnancy and the social consequences of such to an 8 year old. Call me coward. I’m just grateful he hasn’t connected those dots yet.
It was my 4-year-old who blindsided me last week after a Christmas song ended. From the back seat of the van I hear, “Mommy, what’s a virgin?”
Yes, laugh. If it hasn’t already happened to you, it will. I’d love to hear from you–how would YOU respond? What do you think I answered?