A week or two ago, my wife invited a mom and her preschool daughter to our home, to decorate for the upcoming holiday and for Christmas cookies. She asked the young girl if she would place the Nativity scene pieces in a small stable that was sitting on an end table near the sofa.
The girl looked carefully at the figures and at the stable, then began by placing the Baby Jesus figure, lying in a manger, in the center of the stable. Then, she placed Mary and Joseph, the animals, the shepherds, the wise men, and finally, the angel.
Sounds pretty normal, right? Most adults would do the same thing.
The little girl placed all of the figures facing inside the inside center of the stable instead of facing outward.
When I saw the Nativity scene, I thought, “What is this? No one can see the characters because they’re all looking at Jesus.”
Then, I realized that the little girl had it right. Jesus is the center of the story. It’s all about Him. Why would anyone look at anything or anyone else?
Lord, this year, help us to fix our eyes on Jesus. Help us make the Christmas season all about Him.