Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13,14)
Last week our oldest daughter had gallbladder surgery, so we traveled a couple hundred miles to be with her. It was the first time we had seen our three granddaughters in over a year!
When our daughter went into surgery, the nurse handed me her personal items, and I placed them into my bag. We waited for about five hours until we could take her home. We had a nice visit with her and the kids, and then travelled back home late that night.
The next morning my daughter called me to ask if I knew where her wallet was. Of course, it was still in my bag!
My first thought was to place all pertinent things from her wallet into an envelope, write her a check for the cash (her rent money due that next day)…and mail it to her; but when I put the flag up on the mailbox and returned inside, I felt sick to my stomach…what if it got lost? It had the kids medical cards, my daughters work debit card (how she gets paid), and everything else in there!
Jeff called on his break shortly afterwards, and suggested another trip to take everything back. I told him to hang on a moment while I ran outside (in my bathrobe, and towel on my hair as I had just got out of the shower)…Thankfully it was still out there in the mailbox.
So, I called my daughter and we arranged another trip, only this time we went on Saturday and was able to attend our little granddaughters’ very first Christmas pageant at church!
This was such a blessing…especially in the wake of the horrific shooting in Connecticut just the day before…My heart is still breaking. Our nation is in mourning over the senseless loss of these precious lives, both the children and the adults who tried to hide and protect them…I don’t think there has been another event since 9 11, that has had this much of a heart wrenching effect on our nation.
So it was precious, more precious than ever before to hear the children singing 'Hosanna to the Lord' Saturday evening…they really sang loudly and clearly too…just like I imagine the children sang so long ago in Jerusalem!
I went to church Sunday…didn’t really feel like it as I was so tired from the trip the day before…I am glad I went, although it was hard to quell the tears as I listened to another group of little children singing ‘Away in a manger’…especially the last verse…I let the tears flow then, and I was not the only one….
Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay
The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
'Til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray
Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there
later last evening after Jeff and I listened to the President address the town of Newtown, along with a group of local clergy… I told Jeff about why I cried at church that morning.
And then this afternoon on my way to the grocery store, I turned on the radio station and (it was unbelievable) exactly in time to hear that last stanza of ‘Away in a manger’ I cried until I arrived in the parking lot of the grocery store.
Children Are Examples Of Humble Faith In Jesus…And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:2-6) “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
So today, wherever you are, if you get an opportunity...hug a child close, or just give a kid a word of encouragement...and let us all humble ourselves like a little child whenever we think about our relationship with Jesus...and our faith...Sing a chorus of 'Hosanna' as if you were singing it to the Lord Himself...because you are!
May you all have a safe and joyful Christmas!
~God Bless~ & Always remember, we are...