Introducing the new spoken word Christmas film ‘Mess’ by our in-house storyteller, Dai Woolridge. Dai takes us on a journey through Scripture, from 'mess' to Messiah, showing us the Christmas story afresh in his usual lyrical and imaginative style.
Mess. It’s just one word. One syllable that brings to mind a whole load of images… messy ones! And at Christmas time, this one messy syllable word seems to shift into top gear! I remember when I was young, my brother and I would tear through our festive wrapped gifts as if we were competing in an Olympic sport (winter Olympics of course). I think of the post-Christmas dinner-plate pile-up in the kitchen and the décor of celebration wrappers between the sofas (the Malteaser ones!)
It’s fair to say there was a fair bit of mess at the very first Christmas too. As Mary and Joseph trekked down to Bethlehem for a census, there was no room for them to stay. So the young couple welcomed Jesus into the world, with a bunch of animals as his roommates (some scholars claim it was almost as bad as living with students).
But Jesus didn’t just enter the mess of a downstairs room with a feeding trough, he entered the mess of our world too. It was a message that has been posted in versus throughout scripture, one will come to fix up the mess. And if we invite him, he even enters the mess of our lives and offers to fix us.
The Christmas story involves Mess, but it’s not the central story. It’s about the one who was born in the Mess. You see ‘Mess’ is only central to the Christmas story when it’s an abbreviation. There’s 3 letters added to the Mess - i.a.h. and those letter changes everything.
Written and performed by Dai Woolridge
Filmed by 2v Studios and Spoken-Truth
Director of Photography – Andy Toovey
Sound and Edit – Joe O’Hare
Post Production – Andy Toovey
Production manager – Abigail Orr
Messiah design and contruction – Lois Adams