thank you artists! (the good and the bad)

[youtube=] i am always impressed with the creativity of people.  as a frustrated artist, i find such joy when others produce quality art.  whether it is music, painting, poems, movies, or youtube videos, there is something compelling about a story told through fresh lenses.

although there is a chance that this video is already dated, it was a fresh reminder to me that there are many ways to tell the same story.  and with our changing mediums of communication, i am thankful for the creative people in the body of christ to continue to find fresh ways of telling the greatest story ever told!

it should be a crime to make the christmas story sound like charlie brown's teacher.  the birth of jesus, in incarnation, emmanuel, is too amazing for simple words.  bring on the artists!  help us left-brain people move past the logical and analytical and help us see the beauty, depth, and emotion of this amazing story.

i am soaking up every christmas link i can find.  some are compelling, some have made me almost cry, and some are just awful.  bring on the flash mobs singing, the exterior lighting mayhem, elf clips, even a wham! christmas video.  but in all of it, i am appreciating the multitude of ways that people connect to the chistmas story and am diving afresh into it myself.

may we all die a little more to cynicism and hardheartedness and live into light, beauty and hope!

have a merry christmas and a happy new year!

"in him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not ovecome it."   - the apostle john.  (1:4,5)