It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.  Charles Dickens

Baby Garrett with his older brother Adam sitting on Santa's lap
Baby Garrett with his older brother Adam sitting on Santa’s lap

Last night I spoke on the phone with my niece Cynthia.  I chuckled when she told me that her middle son, Garrett, wanted to celebrate his birthday (August 4) like his favorite holiday – Christmas.  So his mom is getting a Christmas tree, decorating it and placing all his birthday presents under its bows.

Garrett has autism so he has a rather unique perspective on the world.  Sometimes I wish I had his child-like point of view (except I really don’t want to go through adolescence again).

Jesus counseled his disciples to have the attitude of a child:

And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them.   But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.   Mark 10:13-16

When I get too caught up in the daily grind and stress, I need to step into the shoes of Garrett and approach Christ like a trusting little child.  Jesus will pick me up and cuddle me in His arms, giving comfort, peace, and love.

 Christmas began in the heart of God.  It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.   Anonymous

 

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