Missing From the Nativity
Every Christmas, the same cast of characters comes to the manger, and their story is retold … Mary, Joseph, shepherds, and wise men. But what about all the rest? What about all those secondary characters who walk on stage for only a moment -- Simeon, Anna, Chief Priests, Teachers of the Law, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary’s family and friends, the throngs of travelers, and the innkeeper’s family? Why aren’t any of them in our nativity scenes? Undoubtedly, they too struggled with questions for God. It is time for their stories (and ours) to come out of the shadows. There is room for all at Christ’s nativity.