"One busy day during the Christmas season, I found myself hurriedly running from one store to another with three children in tow. The frenzy of the season and all of its activities were bearing down and had left me tired and exhausted. On one of our last stops, I quickly pushed passed the aisle of Christmas decorations, despite the protests of my children, so that I could soon return home. At that moment, I realized that my daughter was missing. A sudden surge of panic came over me, but as I turned to look for her, I heard her call out to me.
“Oh, Mommy,” she exclaimed “Look!”
There was my daughter standing before a light-up yard nativity scene. In the midst of busy shoppers pushing passed, she slowly knelt before the Baby Jesus. The shoppers, still passing by, did not even notice one small girl kneeling before the manger. I reverently watched as she looked on lovingly at the Baby and spoke quiet words to Him. It was as though time stopped for me that night. While the crowds thronged on through the store, there was only a mother, with tears in her eyes, whose heart swelled with love for her daughter and her Savior, and a little girl who took the time to stop, remember and admire the precious Christ child.
When she was through, Nicole rose to her feet and walked back to join me. As she slipped her hand in mine and we turned to walk away, I said a silent prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father for this wonderful gift of a daughter and this sacred Christmas experience. I was reminded of a scripture in Isaiah 11:6 “…and a little child shall lead them.” With all the wisdom of a six year old, Nicole led me by the hand that night out of a busy store and into a more Christ filled Christmas.”
This Christmas, as we prepare, plan and ponder on the beauty of the next few weeks let us not forget and lose sight of the reason we gather. We gather to celebrate, reflect and express gratitude for the many blessings found through our Savior. As we seek Christ, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one day or for one season, but we will have Him with us EVERY DAY. He will never abandon us, let us not abandon him.
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