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Children at Christmas

December 23, 2020

“Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” Mark 10:15

Children have an innate ability to celebrate Christmas. In our house there is still much focus on counting down to Christmas, not with an adult’s heavy sigh of time running out but with unabashed excitement at what’s to come. With eager anticipation. They joyfully help bake Christmas cookies and tear into each day’s batch of Christmas cards. They sing carols and make homemade presents and cards for one another. They are ready for Christmas!

Christmas is an invitation to see life once again through the eyes of a child. While there is much to be said for the hard-earned wisdom of grown ups, Christmas is a moment to stop in wonder. To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. God, confounding the wisdom of this world, comes as a child. When God comes fully into this world’s broken kingdom of sin and death, God does so as a baby. This same Jesus will later invite us to view and receive God’s Kingdom as a child would. With joy and faith, with trust and wonder.

The adults of this world continue to make a mess of things, but it’s only two days until Christmas, then twelve days of Christmas. May these days be viewed through childlike eyes, seeing and welcoming this world’s much needed Savior.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of the universe, you have taken it upon yourself to save us. We praise you for the gift of Christmas and pray for eyes to see. For hearts to wonder. For songs to praise. Come, Lord Jesus. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Our last child on his first Christmas, December 25, 2013.

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