December 17

As we finished trimming the tree this weekend, it reminded me of last year’s delightful surprise when my then-7-year-old daughter took it upon herself to decorate our tree.  (Praying Big, December 2007)

Today’s scripture reminds us:

Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.  Mark 10:15

It’s almost a cliche to say the Christmas season is for children.  I’d like to say this season is for the child in all of us–the sense of wonder and delight at the richness of life, and the ability to live in the present moment without distraction or preoccupation.  The children around us are a great reminder to live life this way.  If you encounter a child today, do your best not to brush past them on to the next “important task.”  Praise God for their blessed reminder to draw closer to God’s kingdom by living life with the delight of a child.


  1. Thanks for the reminder Maria! I’m trying hard to have time for the kids and not run around trying to get all the Christmas “stuff” done. What specific activities do you like to do with your kids? My youngest wants to make SIX different kinds of cookies!

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