Every Christmas the Bible Society publishes a booklet telling the Nativity Story, explaining why the birth of a baby 2000 years ago is significant for us today. We give them out to families when they visit church for the Christmas party or a Christmas service. There is also an animated screen version.
This year the booklet is called “With Love from GOD TO YOU”. It features some conversations that God might have had with Planet Earth: (God is almighty but allows Himself to be portrayed in such a way that we can understand). In the booklet, God explains how he created a wonderful Planet Earth with people who were able to talk to Him, but they chose to reject His love and go their own way. Planet Earth groans about how people are messing up, but God explains His “AWESOME Plan” for saving the world and humankind by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born into a family in a small town in the Middle East.
Paul, a follower of Jesus Christ, writes: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” We “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for--- the redemption of our bodies.” “The creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God” Romans 8 v 22, 23 and 21.
We are planning a series of talks for evening services in Lent around the topic of our almighty and all-knowing God and the wonderful universe He has created. God has given us the ability to choose whether to ignore Him and go our own way, or to love Him and work with Him to bring His healing touch to our relationships with each other and to our environment. The series will consider both practical things, like good use of resources, climate change and managing waste, and having an attitude of awe at the magnificence of God and his gift of His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem the whole of creation.
As we wonder at the significance of the historic birth of a child who was both human and Son of God, may we also think how we can “live lightly” in God’s world, respecting His creation, on Planet Earth and beyond.