Amadon, James

Rev. James Amadon lives near Seattle, Washington. He enjoys combining his academic training and pastoral experience in his writing. Learn more about the organization he leads, at www.circlewood.online. This essay originally appeared on www.ecodisciple.com.

Jesus is not just for us (Fall/Winter 2022)

We may think Jesus is all about humanity. If we have eyes to see, the Bible has a lot to say about Jesus’s relationship with animals. Worship services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tell the story of Jesus’s birth from Luke and Matthew, the two gospels that include it. Churches reenact the story, and many children’s books conclude the telling by depicting the sleeping Savior surrounded by reverent people and curious animals.