Monday, December 14, 2020

Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
ut little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes;
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.    
The love of a small child is priceless. The innocence and purity of their love is what makes it so wonderful. Perhaps that is why Jesus came to earth as a   baby; to show us His perfect love and to evoke that kind of love in all of us. Perhaps, that is why Jesus taught that we need to be like little children to     inherit the kingdom of heaven. 
Even if we look at only the commercialism of Christmas, the biggest “target” of all the gift buying, baking, decorating and so forth is children (of all sizes and ages). Wouldn’t it be delightful to be able to be like a little child again at Christmas? Then you would see everything differently. It would all seem like magic. And, of course, the biggest “magic” is love. 
What would happen if you took a few little moments of time to look at your Christmas preparations with a little love? Would you find that you don’t need to do as much? Would you find a little love to share with others and yourself? Would you be asking Jesus to be nearby throughout everything that you are doing? Would you take a moment to tell Jesus that you love Him? After all, it’s all about the love.
PRAYER: Loving Jesus, We cannot begin to fathom how much love you have for us. We trust in your tender, loving care of us. We pray that we may, through the grace of your love, see Christmas through the “magic” love as a child. Amen
Denise Clark
Christ Servant Minister
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor