But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:16-17)
This advent season, I had the opportunity to accompany my almost six-year-old granddaughter to the performance of a live nativity. Her reaction was simply marvelous. When the Roman guards arrested a couple of messiah-seeking Jews, she clung to me unsure if she wanted to proceed. Next the wise men observed the king’s star and decided to go on a journey until they found the place of its rest. Sydney gazed at the “star” with curios wonder. We followed the group into the next room to discover a several shepherds preparing to rescue a lost lamb in the dark. As they discussed the problem, angels appeared above us announcing the birth of the messiah in a small town called Bethlehem. One shepherd said, “Come, let us find this baby the Lord has told us about.” The shepherds rushed out of the room. Sydney was so excited I had to stop her from running after them. And so it went through the entire adventure. Finally, we “found” the baby Jesus lying in a manger, His mother and father standing close-by. Sydney leaned over the rail to get a better look, her eyes filled with adoration and love.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at another aspect of the example Jesus set for us. Prepare by reading and meditating on Matthew 20:29-34—The Gift of Compassion.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks