After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.

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Bright Tree Village was the home to Ewoks on Endor. When the Empire decided to use Endor as their base of operations to build the second Death Star, they did so thinking the Ewoks were beneath them. They were no threat to their plans.

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Nathanael contemptuously asks this of Philip when initially hearing about Jesus. Nazareth was derided by people from the surrounding areas. I’m sure many of us can think of a nearby community we look down upon to some degree, whether or not we want to admit it. Growing up, I was condescending toward Council Bluffs. (Thank you, God, for forgiveness of my pride and stupidity!)

Our birthplace, our home…it does not define our future. Jesus was from a lowly community with a bad reputation, and 2000 years later He is more revered and influential than ever before. The King did not consider Himself better than people perceived to be “the least of these”, like those in Nazareth. The Rebel Alliance managed to win the Battle of Endor because they did not consider themselves morally superior to the Ewoks.

God works amongst those who we think to be the lowest of the low. Gideon. David. Jesus. It’s good to be mindful of that when going about our lives and interacting with all kinds of people.

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