This bamboo nativity is one we got when we lived in Indonesia , along with the chest beneath it. If I titled today’s post Selamat Datang, many of you would not recognize the greeting, but if I smiled, spoke the words, and held out my arms, you would receive the message. Whether the creche is made of bamboo, or wood, or carved in stone, or simply made of sticks, we recognize its meaning because of the posture of the figures and their arrangement. Christ’s coming broke down the walls that separate us, the barriers of difference and indifference, the stones in our path to God and to each other. As we welcome Him, we learn a language that goes beyond speech. We are offered a language of love.