Luke 18:15-17 (NRSV)

15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 16 But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”   

1 John 4:9 (NRSV)

9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.   

DEVOTION – Zaina Renner (Western Province, Sierra Leone)

As jubilation for the Christmas season increases, I am reminiscing about my early years at school.  We sang about the sweet story of old, when Jesus lived here among us and loved little children, calling them lambs of his fold.  Singing those hymns often brought me close to him.  And now I feel mesmerized all over again as I recall my desire to have Jesus’ hands placed on my head in blessing and his arms around my shoulders in loving embrace.

Even now Jesus is mine.  The more I acknowledge his companionship with me, the more fellowship I have with him every day.  He is my friend.

Therefore, despite the turmoil and turbulence in the world, I remember that Christmas, celebrating the birth of Christ, is meant to be the sweetest, brightest, and most joyous season because God showered love on earth.  I pause and pray, welcoming Christ once again.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Jesus Christ is:  “love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down” (Charles Wesley, 1747).

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for your great love in giving your son Jesus to be born among us.  Amen.