Tuesday, December 14, 2021
“The Parking Lot Cries Out”
Jacob Sahms, Chesterfield, VA
I was appointed to a new church in July 2020. I found myself isolated from the people I was called to serve. My people were isolated from each other. The church was isolated from the community, all due to the COVID pandemic. Our church leadership wanted to remind people about the joy of Christmas, despite COVID, but how? A drive-through nativity.
Stations were established and families were recruited. Then the CDC rules tightened, and few people were allowed outside. Concerns grew.
Could Jesus’ birth be communicated with a skeleton crew? Would it be sacred if it happened outside of the church? Nevertheless, we made plans, built sets, prepared costumes, and made scripture recordings to play through car stereos.
The weekend before Christmas, the church hosted the drive-through nativity. For two nights, a steady stream of cars drove through. There were smiling children, grateful parents, and occasional tears. We invited those in each car to worship with us that Christmas. By the time the event was over, two thousand people had driven through and heard the good news.
Prayer: Holy God, remind us of creative ways to share the gospel boldly and give us signs to show us how you move in spite of us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.