David Collins, Karen Simpson and Pastor Rob Simpson as part of the Christmas Alive nativity story.
David Collins, Karen Simpson and Pastor Rob Simpson as part of the Christmas Alive nativity story.

Where has our spirit gone?

ABOUT 1.30pm yesterday Sam Muller, an office employee in the Maryborough CBD, left to do the banking for the day.

She returned, less than an hour later, an exasperated figure, with the banking still to hand.

As her attempts to park her car were repeatedly frustrated, she decided discretion was the better part of valour.

Car park rage was simmering everywhere and she didn’t want to be a part of it.

“People are just in a foul mood going through the car parks,” she said.

“People have no patience. They have no Christmas spirit.

“People are going into the shops and giving it to the shop assistants because they are so frustrated by the time they get out of their cars.”

The crazy ways of commercial Christmas are increasingly begging the question: What’s it all about?

It’s a question that has crossed the mind of Pastor Rob Simpson of the Maryborough Wesleyan Methodist Church and one his church has tried to answer with its real-life nativity story.

More than 1000 people passed through the Gayndah Road church over three nights last weekend, exceeding the numbers that visited the church’s depiction two years ago.

“People liked the way we told the story using cultural idioms rather than northern hemisphere idioms that we are not familiar with,” Rob said.

“Often when a story is told in a slightly different way it helps people to reconfigure what the story is all about.

“People are looking for something to make Christmas meaningful for them.

“All the hype over the shopping and Santa is past meaning anything to them. People are past the hype and artificial things associated with the event.

“Christmas is becoming more devoid of meaning in the world in general. Once you were able to watch films on television with nativity scenes and the story of Christmas, but now it’s just cartoons and fluff and feel-good films from Disney.

“There is nothing spiritual in there and people have a longing for something spiritual in their lives.”



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