Last week, I was asked to bring a nativity to display at the Relief Society dinner. I chose the unique one that my daughter-in-law, Leigh, chose for me last year (her wonderful parents provided the funding). On the grounds of the church office building in Salt Lake City, large nativities from different countries are displayed during December. Last year, Leigh saw this small replica of the Japanese nativity and knew she had to get it for me.
When I arrived at the dinner I asked where I should set it up. I was directed to the end of the serving table and proceeded to arrange each figure in the same way I always do. Notice how I place all the figures facing outward so everyone can see their faces and the details of their beautifully painted clothing.
When I was finished I crossed the room and to visit with some friends. Out of the corner of my eye, I watched as our Relief Society president’s son, Jacob, approached the end of the table. He looked at my arrangement for only a second before he got busy re-arranging it. My first thought was, “Why is he touching my nativity?” I became intrigued and then grateful as I watched him work. This is how it looked when he finished. Notice how he placed each figure, including the animals, facing the baby Jesus. They were in a tight little circle, close around the newborn King. I was humbled. Of course, each figure should be facing the baby Jesus! How silly I had been to think that everyone should admire the beauty of my nativity. How wise Jacob is. His focus is on the Savior and His importance in our lives.
I am grateful for Jacob and the lesson he taught me about setting up a nativity, but more importantly for reminding me of where my focus should be everyday and not just during the Christmas season.