Monday, December 3, 2012

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Christmas morning has happy surprises for all but especially for parents and young innocents. All the planning, shopping, wrapping, and hiding presents are about to pay off. Cameras are ready to take pictures of their excitement and wide-eyed delight. Because this is a precious, fleeting moment in time to be treasured.

That old song is not exactly a carol, but it says something about love. For some reason Santa Claus was in costume – maybe expecting the little kid to be peeking. And yikes! He did! Whoa! Santa kissed Mommy! And I think yes, of course, why shouldn’t they kiss? There is a unique happiness going on there.

They’ve put up the nativity scene like they do every year so that from the very beginning the little kids understand the story and that Christmas happens because it’s Jesus’ birthday. HIS birthday. And for them, expecting Santa to come on Christmas Eve is part of that birthday celebration. It doesn’t last so very long – that innocent expectation. But the understanding about Jesus and knowing his love will last throughout their life.

The scripture and prayer I’ve chosen for this devotional is about “the width and length and height and depth” of the love of Christ. In those depths maybe Santa is at the shallow end where you can wade in and start to know his love. To have been through all the arduous work and sacrifice to become parents – to have been so blessed by those tender new lives – to see the joy in their faces on Christmas morning – the gratitude to God we feel in our hearts may not be so shallow after all, but an experience of one of the deepest depths of Christ’s Love.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16 – 19

Jane Cobb 

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