The birth that changed the world

December 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I love that one of the most celebrated events in earth’s history is a birth.

I’ve posted before (Away in a Manger) about what that miraculous event might have been like, based on Jewish laws and customs from Biblical times. Of course we don’t know exactly what happened when Mary gave mortal life to her Son. Sometimes laws and customs are laid aside when circumstances require. But how wonderful it would have been to witness that birth! I fantasize about it often.

I love the following new videos depicting the events surrounding Christ’s birth. One of my only laments is that we aren’t privileged to see Mary laboring or giving birth. Below you’ll find links to the videos and a few of the things I loved about them. Each one is only a few minutes long. If you like them, you can download them to share with your friends and family too. Enjoy!

Angel Foretells Christ’s Birth to Mary-  I love the casting of Mary. I love how she seems to live and move and breathe on a higher plane. I love her humility.

Mary and Elisabeth Rejoice Together- I love seeing Mary getting lots of prenatal exercise :-) as she journeys to see Elisabeth. Seeing their sisterhood and love and spiritual intuition brought me to tears. I love seeing the unspoken understanding in their eyes and countenances. I love hearing their prophetic words to each other.

Shepherds Learn of the Birth of Christ- I love the exchange between the angel and the shepherds. It felt authentic. And I practically danced a jig when I saw Baby Jesus resting right next to His mother after the birth, nestled in the crook of her arm. Right where He should be!

The Wise Men Seek Jesus- I love that the filmmakers chose to give viewers a sense of the patience and palpable anticipation leading up to this moment, the mixture of awe and relief it was for the wise men to finally, finally see the Holy Child they had been seeking for so long. I love the facial expressions. I love the unspoken understanding between them and Mary. And I adore seeing Mary wear her toddler Son on her back as they journey to Egypt. Babywearing! Yes!

I’ve been struggling to feel the beauty of Christmastime this year, but these videos were just what I needed to re-boot my spirit and reconnect with the powerful events and people we are celebrating.

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37