Monday, December 12, 2011
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them
Smiling faces and excited voices, all clamoring for attention at the same time.
"How do I look?"
"I'm so nervous!"
"Where are the words?"
"I can't find my props!"
Children and teens showing up earlier than necessary in anticipation of their Christmas program yesterday. New families stepping foot into foreign territory. A place they avoid at all costs.
Yet, they come. They come into a church building because their children are presenting the gift of their voice. Coming because their sons and daughters asked them to come to their program.
And they hear. They listen to the good news that God loves them. That He accepts them. That they don't have to dress a certain way or talk in a particular way to approach Him. God sent his Son to people just like them. People who work hard for little money. Fathers and Mothers who love their children and struggle to provide for them. Sons and daughters who never feel good enough.
They hear that the angels first appeared not to kings and saints but to ordinary people. Men with dirt under their finger nails. People who worked hard. Who never had enough. The rough around the edges. The overlooked.
Their children have brought them.
Matthew 19:14 ~
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Excited faces and voices; being used by God.
And it was good.
Counting my blessing this week, #791-800...
♥ Angelic voices lifted in song.
♥ A wonderful message of God's love.
♥ Blessing the women in our church through a Christmas tea.
♥ Fellowship and fun.
♥ The beauty of a full moon.
♥ A productive craft week.
♥ A walk in the fresh air.
♥ Lighting candles night after night, anticipating Christmas day.
♥ A son who keeps getting up after life keeps knocking him down.
♥ The joy the Christmas message brings.