Ten days into the Advent calendar with LEGO Star Wars, and the fun continues. Some days can be more difficult than others to make a link with the Nativity and Star Wars, but I have fun trying.
Today we get the At-At Walker. The At-At Walker is also the first toy I recall saving up money to buy. I was in the second grade.
Lots of memories come to mind when I see this. It’s a memorable moment from the original trilogy, in The Empire Strikes Back, when they first come on the scene. Before you could see them, you could feel them coming. They were meant to instill fear.
As far as connections to the Nativity? I think of fear. I can only wonder at the panic Joseph must have felt as he was going around Bethlehem looking for a place Mary and him could stay. Their journey probably already took longer due to her pregnancy, which is why (I’m guessing) they couldn’t find any available rooms.
Joseph is probably frantic because his wife is about to give birth, they are far from home, he has nowhere to stay, and he is going to have to deliver the baby. Maybe he was calm, but I’m going to guess he felt a bit of fear as all these things converged on him.
And then they are able to find a place in a stable. I’m sure Joseph is glad it is something. Mary gives birth, and both Jesus and her are okay. He’s probably feeling a sense of relief at this point. And then…shepherds show up.
I know the culture is vastly different from my culture, but I wouldn’t be cool with a bunch of people I didn’t know showing up in the delivery room just after my wife gave birth. Yet, why are they there? An angel has told them of the birth of their Savior.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. —Luke 2:10-11 (ESV)
Fear not. I bring you good news of great joy. That will be for all the people.
There is no reason to fear. A Savior has been born. Christ the Lord.