Here is a table. It may seem like just a nice looking table that you might find at your grandmother's house, sitting in a corner with a doily and a nice looking vase. It's First Baptist's Advent Wreath table. And it's not new. It's the one we used last year and the year before that (and so on...).
Someone from church took it home almost a year ago. She was a little nervous last year, because it was tippy. Candles and tippy tables don't seem like a good idea. She brought it home, fixed it up, and gave it a new coat of stain. Almost like new, except it's something old.
The story of Jesus is an old one. He came to earth so many years ago. The story is just as good now as it was a couple of thousand years ago (or so). We find new and fresh ways of telling the story of Jesus. The story, though, is really always the same.
God came to earth as a baby, because He loves us all that much. God's Son, Jesus, came and made a sacrifice so that we can have a relationship with God. It's a story of real love. It's the best story.
This is written by Kathleen Blackey, follower of Jesus and co-pastor at First Baptist Church.