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The Starting Point

“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us…”(Luke 1:1)

How do you retell a tale that has been told so many times already? What do you change? What new twist or insight do you find to retell an event that changed history over 2000 years ago?

” In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth” (Luke 1:5)

Do you start here, as Luke did, and work forward? Do you start with the miracle before the miracle and show Him as a baby born to a virgin?

Or do you start Him off as a King like Matthew does? Mark and John both start Him off as Deity…one from the beginning of time and one from the descending of a dove.

So where do you start the wonder…the miracle of the season? Is it started with Black Friday on Thanksgiving amongst sales and competitive shopping that leads to pepper spraing and tramplings, or is it started with the feverish schedule to Christmas programs and parties with just one more gift to get for the office party exchange?

For me, it starts with the cold evenings and slow creeping of Christmas lights being put up from house to house in the neighborhood. It continues with the soft playing of various Christmas sounds in shops and malls as I wonder from store to store looking for that special thing…trying to prevent the requirements of the “thing” from over shadowing The wonder of the season. It’s the snow falling and the anticipation of quieter times that may arrive when the hussel and bussel of the shopping, parties, and programs have all been complete and the world is still.

It starts with a warm cup of coffee on a cold snowy morning 13 days before the celebration and the retelling of a tale over 2000 years ago. A telling where Jesus comes as a baby and retelling of a miracle hope, anticipation, and wonder all begin to dance around the edges of what the world has made this time of year into.

Where does your tale begin and how is it told?

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