A Ugandan Nativity

12/24/13

In the United States, nativity plays are as traditional as carols and poinsettias in the Christmas season. Even though these dramatizations are most likely not universal, I can't help imagining what a nativity play would look like starring the children of COTN–Uganda, who I have come to know and love over the years. 

 
Honestly, one role I think every single one of them could fill is that of the angels who appear to the shepherds and proclaim the good news of Jesus' birth. This casting choice comes from the fact that I've seen firsthand that these kids know how to rejoice about the gift of Jesus Christ. I have witnessed them adoring Him with their words, their songs, their dances, and their lives.
 
And don't get me started on their joy. Because these children have come from the darkness of orphan status and deplorable poverty into the light of home and family, it is clear to each one of them that they were rescued by the God who loves them. That's where their delight comes from. That's the source of their joy. That's why they can sing "Glory to God in the highest" with all their hearts, just like the angels did on that holy night in Bethlehem so long ago. And it's why they know that Jesus really does love them.