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At Christmas, we celebrate the story of a child, and good news, Yet most of the words we associate with Christmas (lights, bells, snow, decorations, trees, garlands, candy canes, stockings, Santa, shopping, etc.), have nothing to do with it. Christmas is a time of giving, a time of joy, a time of togetherness.
However, it’s also a time of stress, worry, disappointment, and feelings of inadequacy.
At least, for those whose focus is not on Christ.
Is Christ at the center of your Christmas?
Let me share a personal Christmas story with you today.
Eight years ago, I received a voicemail from my daughter’s teacher, asking me to come in and see her before the Christmas break. My sweet little third grader was in trouble. There had been a parent complaint. Puzzled, I called the teacher back and asked what the trouble was, but she insisted on me coming in. There was an unacceptable item she needed to return to me.
My mind started racing, trying to think of what this unacceptable item could be. We’re not the type of people to keep unacceptable items in our home. Much less anywhere the kids might find them.
I left work early and met the teacher during recess. As I walked towards her, I recognized something on her desk. It was my old, worn out Bible. Surely, this couldn’t be the unacceptable item, could it?
After an awkward greeting, she began to explain school and district policy, about religious paraphernalia and the ‘separation of church and state’.
In her excitement for the Christmas season, a child shared the good news of Jesus’ birth with her classmates. One girl in particular, became very interested and asked several questions. My daughter offered her a Bible so she could read the story for herself. When her classmate took the Bible home, her father became irate, and took his frustration on the school’s administration.
Why is spreading the gospel so simple for children, yet so difficult for adults?
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Tatiana is a follower of Jesus, married to the love of her life, and mum to one boy and five girls. Her mission is to inspire, encourage and equip mothers, to raise children who long to walk with Jesus by giving them the tools and resources to teach their children to defend their faith in Christ, and to reach the next generation with the power of the gospel. She blogs about focusing on God’s word, embracing Proverbs 31 and homeschooling at The Musings of Mum.
I have no greater joy, than to hear that my children walk in truth. – 3 John 1:4