Friday, December 17
Soon after our father passed away, my brother Jeff and I had an occasion to sit down together and recall our memories of him and reflect upon how our lives were changing due to his death. As we were talking, Jeff related to me a recent dream of his about Dad, and the story has stayed with me almost a generation later.
In the dream, Jeff was walking down a busy street lined with cars and people milling about the storefronts. Soon he approached Dad who was standing in front of a door beside a store window. After exchanging warm greetings, saying how wonderful it was to see each other again, my father issued an invitation to my brother.
"Come with me. There is something I want to show you."
"What is it?" Jeff asked.
"It is time to bless the children," my father replied. With that, Dad opened the door beside him and led Jeff up a set of stairs. As they ascended they passed children of all sizes and ages and, it seemed to Jeff, from all over the world. At the top of the stairs Dad led him through a door into a large room. Along the walls were more children who were joined by people of all sizes and ages. In the middle of the room was Jesus who touched each child in blessing. As the children came to him beautiful sounds came from all who witnessed the blessing. At this time my brother's dream ended.
Children held a special place in our Savior's heart. As we read in Luke 18:15-17, "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. 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. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.'"
I believe that my most joyous experiences at First Baptist Church happen when we celebrate the dedication of children into our family of faith. As God has blessed his creation in the form of a child in Bethlehem, the blessings continue as we witness new life among us. And each time, in my heart, I hear beautiful sounds.
- Doug Craig
Dear God, even though we may be weak and feeble, we are strong with your love. Please help us to be strong this Christmas season. When we are thinking only about the gifts we will get and what we want to do during Christmas, help us to be strong and focus on you and your son Jesus. Please allow your love to fill up our hearts and make us strong. Amen.
- Dru Lawhorne