Monday, December 8, 2008

25 Days of Christmas -- Day 8: The Nativity Story

My friend Stacy issued a "25 Days of Christmas" challenge.
To participate, post 25 ways you celebrate the Christmas season.

On the eighth day of Christmas, we watched The Nativity Story as a family. I love this movie -- it is so beautiful, and the story line follows scripture quite closely.

Just today, the kids and I were talking about Christ's birth and about the angel who spoke to Mary, Joseph, and the shepherd. Bub asked why God doesn't do miracles today, supposing a miracle is not a miracle unless it includes some sort of angelic visitation. That question led us to talk in great length about all the miracles God does from day to day even still. Watching the movie tonight after today's discussion, eight-year-old Bub was able to see a visual depiction of God's word, and to better understand that not all of the miracles God does are enormous. God, both then and today, does not necessarily move with a booming voice and blasting trumpets. God, both then and today, does the big things in small ways. God whispers to our hearts as He orchestrates the details of our journey.

"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.
And, behold, the LORD passed by,
and a great and strong wind rent the mountains,
and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD;
but the LORD was not in the wind:
and after the wind an earthquake;
but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire;
but the LORD was not in the fire:
and after the fire a still small voice."

I Kings 19:11-12 KJV

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  • amy

    I haven't seen that movie - maybe Family Video has it? What a great opportunity to teach Bub about a very important topic. I love it when deep conversations flow so naturally.

  • Happy Mommy

    It's very hard for our little children to understand miracles today with everything having bells and whistles. I am glad you had a chance to explain miracles to Bub! God gives us miracles all the time sometimes big and sometimes small...

  • Randi

    We haven't seen that and I think we'll rent it this month. Thanks for the reminder about that movie.

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