Children process information with such a sweet innocence, it’s hard to guess what they are going to do or say next. I have an eighteen month old granddaughter and a three year old grandson. They are both in awe of the Christmas season, Santa, and Elf on the Shelf (which they have named Jinx). They are in awe of the Christmas season and all that it entails. The Grinch, Polar Express, Rudolph, and all the rest are flooding into their little brains. I can’t help be concerned about the true meaning of Christmas getting crowded out.
A few days ago I was tucking my grandson in and he got my face in both hands and said, “Gran, are you an angel?” What a notion! “No, I’m not an angel, but God is my really good friend, and I am His friend.: This seemed to satisfy him very well. He is quite “friend” conscious right now.
I told him we could talk to God any time we wanted and God would always hear our prayers. It was quite an amazing thing to him. He wanted to pray… three times. He told God about all of the Christmas festivities at school, his friends, and so on. After the third time he said, “Gran, I don’t think He’s listening. I’m talking to Him, but he isn’t talking to me. I can’t hear Him.”
I assured Him that most of the time God listens and lets us say what is in our heart to Him, but when He has something special to tell us, we will hear Him when He speaks to us.
Isn’t that like an adult? We talk and talk and talk to God, but the instant we are finished, if we don’t get an immediate response, we think He isn’t listening.
The next night we had a party to attend at his mother’s family. There were lots of people I didn’t know and most I had only met briefly over the years. My grandson walked up in the middle of the chatter and said, “GRAN!” Everyone got silent because he looked like he had something very important to say. “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!” he said with all sincerity. I scooped him up in hugs and kisses. Never mind who else was there.
He was seeing me with his heart and THAT was the best Christmas present I could have ever hoped for from him.
In that same way, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to dwell among men, to speak the truth of God, and to see men’s hearts with love. HE is the best gift the world will ever know, and we can only see Him, truly see Him, with our hearts.
Merry Christmas to all!