Guest Post: Josh Davis, Executive Director of Proskuneo Ministries
Christmas is coming! And I am reminded of the famous words from Isaiah chapter 9:
“Unto us” a child is born. Unto us a son is given.”
The question is: “Who is us?” As you look at your neighborhood, your church, our country, who is us? Is us only people who look and think like you? The us versus them mentality is strong these days.
The angels surprised outcast shepherds on the night of Jesus’ birth announcing good news of great joy for all the people. For unto you all is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.
Now, take a minute to think about your nativity scenes.
What do they say about who your “us” is? If you believe that “us” is more than just people who look like you, could your nativity scene, and your celebration, and your worship show that? Sometimes it is the simple things that we do that can help remind us of what we really believe.
A few years ago, I realized that I didn’t have a nativity scene that represented my own cultural identity and multicultural reality.
I am bicultural, having grown up in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. And, I now live in Clarkston, GA, the most diverse square mile in the US. I searched all over to find a nativity set that looked like my community.
And, I couldn’t find anything. I shared the concept with my diverse community of Proskuneo and we decided to create our own.
Over the last few months, we have hand-made (with a lot of love!) a new multicultural nativity set that we call “Unto Us”. Each character is painted a different skin tone and clothed in global fabrics. Every set includes: Mary, Joseph, two shepherds, baby Jesus, a matchbox manger, hay, and a packing box that doubles as a stable, c
omplete with an origami star. These unique sets are available for purchase right here.
It is our prayer that this nativity set will help you live into the reality that the angels introduced to outcast shepherds on that night so long ago:
“Good news of great joy for all the people!”
A Savior has been born unto you, unto us!