It’s just one word. One syllable that brings to mind a whole load of images….messy ones!


A spoken word film for this Christmas

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 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.

The Christmas story involves Mess, but 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. When it’s followed up with 3 letters i.a.h. – it changes everything.

Watch Mess


You can download this video to share in your church, school service or small group. It can also be used as part of a livestream or recorded service (over 20 minutes in length), but you are not permitted to upload it as a separate video on your socials.


A Spoken-Truth film in partnership with Bible Society (filmed with 2v Studios)
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
Behind the scenes photography – Dan Rogers
Messiah design and construction – Lois Adams
Postcard design – Hannah John

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− Dai Woolridge