The Frankenstein Faux Pas

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ ‭

Ah, littles.

They’re just so – well, little.

I mean, their take on life is rather innocent. There’s a lot they don’t know yet. And when they fill in the gaps, things can get rather – interesting.

Case in point.

Overheard in my classroom recently: “Baby Jesus got born so they put him in the barn. Then some shepherds came with their sheep, and a bunch of wise men came with gifts.”

Gifts! Who doesn’t love gifts? What kind of gifts did these fellows bring?

Oh, you know. Important baby stuff. Stuff a new mother would need. Thoughtful gifts, like gold.

And Frankenstein.


I’m trying to visualize a great hulking green monster in line to see baby Jesus, and failing miserably.

It’s pretty adorable, the ways young brains seize onto words they don’t understand and rework them until they make internal sense.

We can dismiss this as immature, or a lack of world knowledge, or just a cute little Frankenstein Faux Pas. I mean, frankincense is a real mouthful. Frankenstein actually makes pretty good sense as a substitute.

But I guarantee that you and I have made a few Frankenstein Faux Pas in our day.

See, it’s one thing to know about the Christmas story. It’s another entirely to grasp the real significance of a baby being wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.

In fact, the apostle Paul in writing to his friends in Ephesus has to actually share a prayer with them that they will ‘have the power to understand…how wide, how long, how deep and how high his love is’…

In other words, if we don’t have heaven’s help on this one, we will make our own Frankenstein Faux Pas.

Just as silly as it is to imagine a character from Hollywood joining the nativity scene, our thinking can be far from the mark this time of year. Sometimes, we forget. We forget that this wee baby grew up. We forget that He lived a human life to show us a new way to live. We forget that the perfect substitute for our failures and sins left the perfection of heaven to enter our imperfection and reunite us with our Creator.

We get all wrapped up in the trappings of Christmas, and forget to make room for the deep truths of this season.

Talk about a ‘monstrous’ faux pas.

So here I am, reminding you that Christmas demonstrates year after year the audacious, unimaginable, deep, wide, and high love of God for a fallen creation. It offers hope. It bristles with light. It sings peace over us!

It’s as far beyond tinsel and gift wrap as Frankenstein at the manger.

Ponder the love of God with me this Christmas?

Father, how we love the innocence of children. Remind us that as we strive to know You better, our understanding and grasp of Your love should also grow and mature. Teach us more about how Christmas demonstrates Your deep love for each of us. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at, and my poetry is stashed at Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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