Sunday, December 14, 2008

That's My Daddy!

This morning, at my church, our children's ministry presented the Christmas Story through music, scripture, and drama. I was blessed by their ability to memorize LOONNNGGG passages of scripture and bless the Lord by reciting it. There is one part of the presentation of the Gospel that jumped out at me, though...

At one point in the presentation, the 3 and 4 year olds come out on to the stage to present scripture. One of those in that group is our pastor's youngest son. He is a little guy and was looking quite pensive when he walked out. Within a minute or two he spotted his daddy sitting in the front row, and every fiber in his being changed - huge smile, a wave and joy in his eyes. The little guy then looked at an adult sitting next to him and said, "That's my daddy!".

That image has stayed with me. Our pastor didn't need to teach yesterday - his son did it for him.

We may be pensive, anxious, unsure as we walk through our day - but should we not realize the Lord is always with us? He promises not to leave us or forsake us. Look for the Lord. Call out to him and then respond as that little one did - with very fiber of our being filled with a huge smile, a wave, and joy in our eyes. Why? Because He is our daddy.

"Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.....Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for his lovingkindness, to deliver their souls from death and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name. " Psalm 33:1-3, 18-21.

Heavenly Father, your Word is a light to our path. We praise you for it. We praise you for children whom you use to remind us of exactly what we should be looking for. May we have the heart of a child...may we be filled with joy as we call to You. Amen.

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