A Child’s View

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”  Isaiah 9:6

At Christmas time, the world becomes a buzz of activity.  Often, at least anywhere I have lived, we lose sight of what’s real and not real.  Everywhere we look, people are rushing around to get all the shopping done, decorations put up, traditions planned.  All of that is good, don’t get me wrong.  But this is one of those times when we have to choose between good and better.  There is one thing that stands out in my mind about Christmas with young kiddos, as I sit here thinking about Christmases past.  The Nativity.  When we grown ups set up the Nativity, we place everything in it’s proper place, facing out of the stable…Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the middle facing out, the sheep together facing out, the oxen facing out, the Shepherds facing out…so that all can be seen clearly when looking at it from the front.  A young child will always change this.  They can’t resist messing with those miniature little figurines.  A young child will ALWAYS rearrange those figures in the same pattern…baby Jesus in the middle, and everything else circling the baby facing in.  All looking at the baby.   As a young mother, I would walk by, notice that it had been rearranged, and “fix” it.  Every time.  When the younger two were preschoolers, and I had a few years under my belt (more seasoned as some might say), I started wondering why in the tarnation would they keep “messing it up!”  Then one day I read an Ensign article by a mom who was facing the same “problem.”  She pointed out that maybe the kiddos weren’t “messing it up” at all.  Maybe we were.  My perspective changed.  I realized, with her, that the kids are actually “fixing it” after WE “mess it up!”  Every time.   So I stopped rearranging the Nativity.  I let them play, and put those figurines in a circle, all facing in to the baby Jesus.  After all, isn’t that what Christmas is supposed to be?  All of us looking towards the Savior?  All focusing on the ONE thing that matters most?  Children are the best teachers.

From December Ensign, Elder Bruce D Porter

“The boy child who arrived that birthing season is known as ‘the Lamb of God’….It is a title of deep significance, for He arrived with the lambs and would someday be ‘brought as a lamb to the slaughter’.  Yet paradoxically, He was also the Good Shepherd, one who cares for the lambs.  Thus, these twin symbols of His life represent both those who serve and those who are served.  It was only right that Christ should play both roles, for in life He ‘descended below all things’, and in eternity He ‘ascended up on high’ and is in and through and ’round about all things.’  He knew life from every side and every angle, both above and below.  He who was the greatest made Himself the least – the Heavenly Shepherd who became the Lamb.”

Robert D Hales

“During this Christmas season, I hope each of us has the opportunity to give anonymously.”

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Cheers!  Oma

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