May you always experience the joy of being aware of the presence of God.

May you always experience the joy of being aware of the presence of God.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2

I sat in wonder of our two grandchildren. It was a Norman Rockwell moment. Christmas music was playing softly in the background, the tree decorated and sparkling with lights reflecting upon a nativity play set in the middle of our dining room floor. Little cherub hands pretended to act out the story of Christmas as I watched.

“That’s Jesus,” Gianna instructed her baby brother James as he chewed on the plastic manger piece. “You know,” she continued, “baby God.”

I wasn’t ready for the overflowing of my heart. Gianna’s perspective took my breath away and tears blurred my vision. What profound understanding for a three-year-old, yet so beautifully childlike. Who had taught her this truth?

With further investigation, we found that Gianna had come to this awareness on her own. She had spoken these words without contemplation, without inhibition, but with the simple faith of a child.

When Jesus cleared the temple area as recorded in Matthew, He said, My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.

Add to this scene, Jesus ministering to the blind and the lame, healing them, as children shouted praises in the temple, Hosanna to the Son of David! The chief priests were jealous and angered by such annoyances. Do you hear what these children are saying? they asked him. Yes, replied Jesus, have you never read,  ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?

This silenced the arrogant Scribes and Pharisees who had missed the point. They were not awed by the children’s faith or truth of Jesus’ ministry. Instead they focused on revenge for spoiling their money making schemes.

Why do we allow commercialism, spending, and greed to fuel the truth about Christmas? Tragically, a three-year-old’s understanding of the truth is almost always compromised in some way as they grow older. The beauty and wonder of Jesus’ birth is often lost in the materialistic environment we create or at very least, allow. What must we do to preserve truth in their little hearts?

Don’t miss the point.

“Baby God”… think about the all encompassing truth in this simple phrase authored by a child’s faith.

Let the little children come…yes, come and enlighten us to the simple yet profound truth of Christmas.

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net and best-norman-rockwell-art.com.

Sue Payne is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in home schooling newsletters and church news bulletins. She is experienced in curriculum planning and design, and uses her writing skills to encourage and teach others. Sue lives in Delaware, is married, and has two boys whom she home schooled for a total of fourteen years. She is previewed in the book, Spirit and HEART: A Devotional Journey.

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