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Focus on Christ this Christmas

If you’ve never experienced New Sight Baptist Church’s drive-through Nativity, you are missing out on one of the Christmas season’s best events.

Volunteers — as many as 130 — work to recreate scenes from the Bible to tell the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection.

For four days — Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Dec. 22 — visitors can take a 30-minute tour through the circular church driveway. About 20 scenes are set up, including the newest, a scene that shows Abraham’s faith and obedience to God with his son, Isaac.

More than 2,000 people drove through last year, making all the hard work worth it.

“It gets tiresome but you have to think about it’s not about you, it’s about sharing the gospel,” said organizer Brenda Foster. “I look it at it this way. If my Lord can suffer and die on the cross, and rise again, I can sit out there for whatever hours. It’s worth it in the end. It’s not about us. It’s about him.”

That attitude is what makes the drive-through Nativity such a success. Foster is still looking for volunteers, and can be reached at 601-754-3107.

Events like these are important reminders of the true meaning of the season. For some, a drive-through Nativity may be the reminder they need to focus on Christ, instead of gifts and food and family. While Christmas is a time for all of that, it’s only because of Christ that those things take on a higher, more important meaning this time of year.

There are plenty of other opportunities to focus on Christ this season. We encourage everyone to find a Christmas program, a church service, a drive-through Nativity, a concert — or simply a Bible — in the coming days.

We are grateful for New Sight Baptist Church — and the many other churches that help turn our attention where it belongs this holiday season.