I watched the first of the four episodes of The Nativity on BBC1 last night. (For UK readers it is available on iplayer, not sure if that works abroad.)
It was surprisingly moving; in fact I was captivated by the developing love story of Mary and Joseph, told in flashbacks from a stop on their journey to Bethlehem. We realise very quickly that all is not well with the young couple, and surmise that Joseph is having trouble coming to terms with this “miraculous birth.” It’s definitely a case of the “show don’t tell” beloved of creative writing teachers.
I didn’t expect to find it so convincing. In recent months we’ve been studying the Living the Questions course, and our thoughts on the happenings surrounding the birth of Jesus have been stretched and challenged. For me, the story is still as magical and mysterious and compelling.
Watch the programme if you can. It’s well worth it.