Merry Christmas to each of you! We began our Christmas Day by gathering for worship – a unique opportunity when Christmas falls on a Sunday. I do believe it is a wonderful way to start Christmas. This morning had a very relaxed, family feel to the day and was a pleasant continuation from last night’s candlelight service. Both services truly helped me to focus in on the beauty and miracle of Christmas. This morning I led the children’s time and planned a birthday mini-party for Jesus. I had a large box gift-wrapped and inside were helium balloons (weighted down so they wouldn’t fly to the ceiling). When I took off the box lid, the balloons popped up and I shared with the children that Christmas is most important because it is the birthday of Christ. I think invited them to sing along with me (and the congregation) "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. At that moment, we all heard a beautiful little voice from the back on the sanctuary yelling "Wait for me! Wait for me!" as a little angel with blonde curls and a red Christmas dress ran from the back row and hopped down with the rest of the children. It was a beautiful spiritual moment.
"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." Luke 18:16
This sweet little girl was not hinderd by 500 people in the sanctuary. This little child was not paralyzed by fear of failing. This young girl was not intimated by what others might think. She simply followed her heart. "Wait for me!" I want to be a part of what is going on. I want to join the party. I want to celebrate Jesus. "Wait for me!"
To be child-like once again. To go back to a time of innocence and freedom. To discover once again the ability to live with purity of heart and untainted hope. Jesus says the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. The kingdom of God is reality for those who live with child-like faith.
Wait for me, Jesus. Wait for me.
Peace – Melissa