Friday, December 14, 2012
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012
The first hymn I learned to sing was a Christmas carol, "Away in a Manger." I loved to sing this song when I was younger. I would sing it year 'round. Then I entered those dreadful middle school years where perspective on everything changes and anything that could be related to childhood was unacceptable. One Sunday, "Away in a Manger" was one of the hymns for the congregation to sing. I just stood there, thinking I was way too cool to be singing such a childish song. I almost felt embarrassed that this song was selected.
Fast forward a bit to leaving home for college, then D.C. Attitudes on life changed, and especially my attitude for celebrating Christmas. This was no longer just a holiday, but THE holiday. It wasn't about being out of school, but about being home and feeling loved. As my sisters had children, I saw the wonderment of Christmas through their eyes as they learned about the baby Jesus.
As an adult, hearing the message of "Away in a Manger" is the sweetest notion ever. The whole world revolves around this moment when Jesus was born. Is there a message for a child here? Yes. Is there an even bigger message for adults who at times feel lost? Absolutely.
In Paul's letter to the Corinthians he says, "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." For this case, I am going to have to say that I have to disagree with Paul. Let us embrace our childish ways about Christmas. We should sing all of our favorite Christmas carols with a novelty each year and we should experience the wonder of Christmas in as many childlike ways as possible.
- Jeb Bush