Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bread for the Journey

Years ago I had a friend who had an only child who was born with very severe asthma. 
Countless nights the frantic parents rushed her to emergency to save her life. 
This child, when I knew her was only two years old and there was a sensitivity about her that gave  you the sense she was not an ordinary child - something about her was 'other-worldly'. 
Her mother told me the following story.
It was Lisa's (not her real name) second Christmas and in her paternal extended family there was a family tradition where the youngest child got to put the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.  
That year it was Lisa's turn.  
She did not attend church  or Sunday School (her father was not a believer) and as far as the mother knew no one had told her enough for her to understand to do what she did. 
Lisa took the offered 'baby' from her grandmother and obeyed the instructions to go put it in the manger.  She walked over, laid the baby in the manger and then kneeling down in front of it folded her hands and bowed her head. 
Her grandmother asked in surprise, "What are you doing, Lisa?" 
The child replied, "I'm worshipping Him."   

We read ... "A little child shall lead them" (Is. 11:6)  and Jesus says.. "Except you become as a little child.." (Matt. 18:1-5)

For the world the baby in the manger is quite comfortable to accept, after all every one loves a baby! 
But this baby came to rule as  King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
He came worthy of our worship. 

Does the babe of Christmas rule in your heart ? 
Is your response to Him to fall down and worship Him? 

The chorus of the old Christmas Carol , "O Come all ye Faithful" is an invitation.
"O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,  
O come let us adore Him, 
Christ, the Lord!"

8 comments:

  1. Bless that child's heart! Someone sent me a photo of Christ in the manager and the caption reads, "the first King sized bed"...how true.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. I love that caption! My boys will, too - just their kind of humour, but with a message... we shall use that this Christmas, I think. Thank you!

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  2. (¯`•´¯) Wishing you
    ¸.•´. .¸.•*¨) ¸.•*¨) .a love - filled day...
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ¸¸.•¨¯`•`ღ Enjoy!
    ...

    Blessings and thanks for your beautiful postings always.
    Jeanne

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  3. What a tender story of this little child. That she would already know at that tender age is touching.

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  4. What a blessing to see how this child-like faith is an example to us child-like people!!

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  5. That's beautiful - thank you. I have a little Nativity scene Advent Calendar in the room where I tutor. Some of the children ignore it and some ask questions. Last week, one knew the names of some of the 'characters' and the other who asked about it knew nothing except that it was 'impossible' for Jesus to actually be true. Very carefully, as I'm her tutor not her Sunday School teacher, I explained that I believed in Jesus and that she would find a wide variety of beliefs amongst adults if she questioned them. I told her she was free to make up her own mind, when she finds out all she can...

    Your story reminds me that Jesus can, and does, speak to children. Thank you!

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  6. A lovely story! Thank you for sharing this.

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