I have several Nativity sets.
My first one was a gift on my 21st birthday. My family and friends went in together and bought me a Precious Moments nativity. I still have it, though I don't often bring it out as I have limited space.
My next one was a bit more grown up. Fancier and gilded, with wisemen, a camel, an oxen, sheep. I used to put it up over the cupboard in my kitchen because I didn't want it to break.
You've seen my sweet handmade gift from Kayleigh (my daughter in law) and my Fisher Price one. Both are hands on for my grands.
I have one more that my sweet friend Amy gave me. It is a Willow Tree one.
I'm loving this one as I feel like it is simple and humble. Like Mary and Joseph and the shepherds.
The simple people who trusted God's message to them, though it involved risk. Jesus born in a stable, among animals, and filth. Laid in a feed trough, wrapped in cloths.
Shepherds were lowly in social status. They lived their lives among the animals they cared for and made a living from. They were outdoors much of the time.
Can you imagine their wonder? An angel, then a heaven host. "Glory to God in the Highest!"
I love this nativity and the creche that Tim made for me.
The little lights give little light at night, illuminating this simple, humble scene in our kitchen/living room space.
This is certainly not how we would have chosen to send the saviour of the world, but God's ways are not our ways. Jesus knew what it was like to be poor, from a obscure town, a hardworking man, from a humble family.
This saviour knows our need, only He could save.