My 7 year old had a very specific request a few weeks ago. “I want a baby Jesus that I can take out of the manger.”
I had some nativity scene decorations but I didn’t have a nativity with a baby Jesus that could be taken out of the manger, and I knew I had to find one just for her. I remembered the one that I had played with as a young child and I knew how special it had been to me. I loved taking the baby Jesus in and out of the manger when I was her age too.
So my teenager and I went Christmas shopping and I looked and looked for that special request but couldn’t find one anywhere. I even looked online. Sadly, I told my teenager I was giving up. And then she said to me, “she can have my baby Jesus.” I was delighted as I remembered that my mom gave her the baby Jesus (or one just like it) that I played with as a little girl, and realized that she had kept it as one of the few things from her childhood she still cherished. That she would pass it on to her little sister said worlds to me. That the same baby Jesus was still around to warm another’s heart and add to her Christmas childhood memories meant so much to me.
And I also thought…..that’s what Christmas is all about…..that we give our baby Jesus to others.
This Christmas, may you remember that God’s most awesome work was done through the frailty of his Son. May you cherish that the baby Jesus brought hope to you and your family…..and share your baby Jesus with others so they can know the wonder of his love, the hope of his salvation, and the promise of eternal life. May baby Jesus be the center of your Christmas focus and may each generation pass that hope to the next.
And please do remember to take that baby Jesus out of the manger….and put him in your heart.