Monday, December 9, 2013

"There were shepherds ..."

One of the interesting features of living cross-culturally is discovering just how much we all have in common.  Over the years I've been involved in various places in presenting the story of Jesus' birth.  It always includes a certain degree of typecasting.  The sweet little girls are the angels, and the rambunctious boys end up as shepherds or sheep.  I was amused as I practised with the children in our Sunday School that things aren't any different here.

 Yesterday we presented our scripture readings to the rest of the children spread out over the grass and heard again the chorus of angels crying, "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests."   I loved the fact that the angels were wrapped up in a mosquito net, that the prophets wore the traditional kanzu, and that our angel Gabriel was resplendent in brightly coloured woven cloth.  The message however, crosses all cultures. "Today in the town of David, a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

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