Today we meet again around our creche. We spent the Season of Advent lighting candles and gathering the figures of the animals and Mary and Joseph. Then on Christmas, we lit the Christ candle and placed the figures of the shepherds and sheep and angels and the Baby Jesus. We said that our creche was complete. And yet today, we are adding more figures. Whoa! Wait! What? Today we celebrate Epiphany–the day the Wise Men came to honor the Baby Jesus. They did not arrive as quickly as the shepherds because the Wise Men travelled by camel, a very cool, but very slow way to move. Here are their figures. Pass them around and see how they look with their fine robes and sparkly crowns. The celebration of Epiphany so many days after Christmas reminds us that Christmas is never really completed. Christmas is all about the work of making room for others–not just on one day, but every day. There is always room for more.
Yes, soon we will begin packing up the Christmas decorations and putting away the creche, but Christmas goes on and on even without the decorations. Jesus came to change our lives forever by helping us to discover that we have room to include others and to realize that we have plenty of God’s love to share with others. Now Billy and Bobby and Buddy can find room for the three Wise Men beside the creche. And we can keep room in our hearts.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
that there is more room.
to do the work of Christmas
and to realize
and to share
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire,and encourage.