Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Santa, Kids and Answered Prayer // Tuesday E-Devotion

Have you written your Christmas list yet?  Oh, this is an annual big deal for our kids.  One list is long and sweet.  Another is short and expensive.  The last is all about superheros and boy stuff.
Psalm 127:3 (nlt) --- Children are a gift from the Lord;they are a reward from him.
I know that is true, but I don't always agree with that verse.  Our children open many doors for us to walk through, they open our eyes to things we need to see, and they give us opportunity to love and live life.  Christmas is just one place where we MUST GIVE THEM JESUS.
That is an awesome responsibility.  How do we deal with the kids and with Santa?  There is no comparison of Jesus and Santa.  One is vital to our eternity, and the other is lots of fun along the way.  Yet do we ever confuse the kids or confuse ourselves in the process?  Our commitment has got to be....point them all to Jesus.
I am not saying 'kick Santa' out of Christmas.  I am saying keep Christ in Christmas in big ways.
We get to be there.  Hurt knees on the pavement with the hugs and bandaids.  Good grades or winning ballgames.  Learning to walk or ride a bike.  The first date or first time behind the steering wheel.  Our kids are precious, and we need to cherish the moments while we give them the very best -- God, not material things.
Have you watched, as I have, God answer our prayers?  It is awesome, but it hits me most when it comes to my kids.  They keep on stealing my heart.  I love it when they crawl up in my lap or give a big hug.
This season is a time to enjoy the kids, cherish family, enjoy the fun of Santa and the extras and to let them all know that none of this would be with our awesome and giving God.  He still answers prayer!
Matthew 1:21 (nlt) --- And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

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