Christmas Memories – Advent Devotion
December 21, 2020
(W)Rapping till 3 a.m.
Psalm 127:3; Matthew 19:14-15; Deuteronomy 6:4-9
If you read yesterday’s Christmas Memories Advent Devotion, “Christmas Eve Dinner @ Checkers, you’re caught up, and this is a continuation of that evening. If not, I’ll just add here that my family and I had attended two worship services at our church, Our Savior Lutheran in Lake Worth, FL. In between services at about 8:30 p.m., we ended up at Checkers for Christmas Eve dinner on a chilly and rainy night.
By the time the second (10 p.m.) worship was over, combined with our 25-mile drive home, it was about 12:30 a.m. Christmas morning. My daughter Heather was asleep in the car when we arrived home, so I carried her into bed.
Now the real “fun” began. During the days prior to Christmas Eve, my wife Kathy and I had barely started wrapping gifts. Not for Heather, ourselves, or my family, with whom we would be having Christmas dinner later that day.
So, we changed our clothes into something comfortable and not wet, as we got soaked in the rain earlier that evening. Now, it was time to get to work. Kathy tackled all of the relative’s gifts as well as Heather’s, less one.
I still had to put Heather’s new bike together as the time neared one a.m. (I was hoping the ghost of Christmas past might whisk me away, but it never happened.)
Kathy and I were exhausted, but somehow, we fought through our exhaustion and completed the wrapping just after 3 a.m. It felt like my head had barely hit the pillow when the alarm went off to get up, dressed, and ready for the 10 a.m. Christmas day service.
Up till 3 a.m. wrapping gifts and building a bicycle for my daughter was difficult. There’s not much we won’t do for our children, is there?
Children indeed are a gift from God. Our daughter Heather was adopted. We had to jump through several hoops during the process, but we know that God’s hands were in it the entire time.
“A story is told of D.L. Moody, the great American evangelist. He returned home from preaching one night. His wife asked him how he got on, and he reported there had been two and a half converts. She assumed two adults and one child, but Mood corrected her. It was two children and one adult. One life was probably half over, two had almost their whole lives ahead of them.” (Focus on the Bible, Matthew, Charles Price; p227)
Children are innocent, and their minds are like sponges just waiting to absorb knowledge and truths. This is why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.” We must teach our children about God and His plan for our Salvation.
That’s why in Deuteronomy 6, Moses emphasizes teaching our children about God’s law.
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord, alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
It’s important because we love our children. We can show them our love by introducing them to God’s grace and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.