by Darla Noble
They, having heard the king, went their way; and behold, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
A few years ago I took the teenagers from our church to a children’s home to spend the day; making Christmas cookies, playing games, doing crafts, singing songs, decorating the tree we’d brought, and handing out gifts to each child there.
The first thing we had done that morning was decorate the tree and then gathered the children around it to listen while I read the account of Jesus’ birth from the Bible and another special Christmas children’s book.
As we were getting ready to leave, one of the workers came to thank me for all we’d done and said she would welcome us back anytime. “But,” she said, “it would probably be best if you left out all the stuff about Jesus. We don’t want to influence the kids.”
I quickly, but politely told her that Jesus was the number one reason we were here—to share the truth of His love and to let the kids know that Jesus’ birthday is the number-one reason we celebrate Christmas. She kind of rolled her eyes at me, sighed, and said, “I don’t know why you think you have to do that, but if it’s the only way you’ll come, then I guess I’ll have to overlook it.”
“And I hope,” I said with a grin, “that we do such a great job in sharing Jesus that you can’t.”
Pray: Jesus, help me share the joy of Your birth and Your love to everyone I see this Christmas and every day of the year. In Your name, I pray, Amen.