Kids. They can be the bane of our existence and the motivation that keeps our hearts joyful. They can aggravate and gleefully stomp on our last nerve, and then they suddenly say or do something spectacular and we quickly forget the angst (almost every time), as we beam with parental pride.
The deep and joyful laughter of our children can make us smile right down to our toes. We tend to laugh right along with them, as they enjoy the moments of Christmas. Singing carols with them can be an amazing experience. Their tremendous enthusiasm; jumping, dancing and loudly proclaiming their own words of life and love. They may not know the exact words to the Christmas carols, yet their excitement and willingness easily make up for their lack of knowledge of the lyrics.
Teaching them about the birth of Jesus can make for some very interesting and thought provoking conversations. They can challenge us and change our own perspective. Jesus, Himself, was especially fond of these kinds of moments with children. 'Let the little children come to Me', He said.
Matthew 19:14 NLT
"But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
As we instruct, nurture and love our children this Christmas (and everyday), may we fill their hearts with His hope for them. In the same manner, may they open our eyes to the Goodness of God. Never forget that our kids have the ability to teach us about Christ's love; a love that is genuine, pure and full of Joy.
Especially at Christmas, our children (and their children) can be the best part of our life. Enjoying the moments that make Christmas so special for them, help us recall our own special memories. Kids and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly; sticky and messy, yet oh so sweet and delightful. May the Joy of Christmas radiate from our children and cascade all over our own lives and spirits.