OK, so this one is cheating a little bit because it is not really a nativity. However, it is a scene with characters from the nativity: the three wise men, or the magi. These figures are important in the nativity scene and in our household too. In many Caribbean and Latin American countries, Epiphany or Three Kings Day (January 6th), is often a big holiday for families. Families will leave boxes of straw for the camels, rather than cookies for Santa and many children receive gifts on this day as well. Epiphany is special because it reminds us that Jesus came into this world for all of us (as the wise men represent the Gentiles in this story) and God’s love is for all of humanity.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Loving God, thank You for coming for all of us. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we know that this gift is one that is available to everyone and that Your saving love is for all Your children. Help us to share the love of Christ with all we meet today and to recognize Your image in others. Amen.