Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Nativity (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

This week, handed me Mama Kat prompt number three: Your nativity scene.

Our nativity scene came from SERRV, a fair trade network connecting thousands of artisans in developing countries with customers and volunteers across the United States. It was a gift from my in-laws.

I am glad it is a product made by someone who can improve their life by having a craft. I have to admit the set looked a lot bigger in the catalog than it does in real life (yes, the catalog probably had measurements but I didn't pay attention).

It is humble, crafted out of wood, and all of the pieces fit into the manger for storage year after year.

Although it is small and plain, there are things about our nativity set that parallel our family's faith journey.

It has an honored place at the entrance to our home.

Its small physical size is utterly contradicted by its huge symbolic importance.

In some ways it looks "unfinished."  The characters could be sanded more, painted, detailed.

Like each one of us in this family, each piece of our nativity set has rough edges but a unique and treasured place in the world.

Thank God.



JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a lovely set! You are so right about its importance!

Leah, aka, FFPMaMMa said...

I too appreciate the symbolism behind the Nativity as well as it's roughness. While Christ was perfect, He represents all of us who are unfinished. Thank God!

Dionne said...

I think the simplicity of your family's Nativity is what makes it incredible too. I loved how you compared it to your family. Yes, we are so unfinished...Thank goodness Christ is not.

Adrienne said...

Simple is perfect! It's gorgeous! Stopped by from Mama Kat's.

JanMary @ said...

I think it's beauty is in it's simplicity.

Thanks for sharing.

Christmas Blessings from Ireland.

Mama Kat said...

What a sweet message!! Love this!