- December 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm #125624
Everyone is obviously aware it’s the Christmas season. As I read another post here on RITAN about ways to involve kids in witnessing at this time of year, it brought to mind a very fond memory that I would like to share with you from about 18 Christmases ago.
Now, you have to keep in mind, my wife and I had made a conscious decision as parents to teach our daughter from the very beginning that Santa Claus was not real. For me, I felt a conviction from the Lord that if I wanted my daughter to take the words that her daddy shared with her about Jesus as being true, I could not deceive her about some jolly, oversized man in a red suit who supposedly flew through the air with reindeer and came down the chimney each Christmas to deliver gifts to good boys and girls. If I deceived her about that and she later found out Santa was a lie, what would she think about my Jesus feeding 5,000 with a few fish and loaves, or His resurrection from the dead? You get my drift.
So, with that background information, here is the memory. My daughter was about four at the time. We were in line at the grocery store checking out. The cashier had on a typical Santa Claus hat. You know, the kind that is mostly red, with a white band around the bottom and a pointy top with a little white ball flopping over to one side. Ho-ho-ho. You get the picture. As it becomes our turn to check out, the cashier turns to my daughter and casually asks her, “Did you tell Santa what you want for Christmas?”
Our daughter looks right at the lady, and without batting an eye, proceeds to tell her, “Oh, we don’t believe in Santa Claus. We celebrate the real reason for the season, the birth of Jesus.” Well, as you can imagine, the cashier’s jaw dropped to the floor. The innocence of a four-year-old speaking such a profound, direct truth penetrated any defense that this woman might otherwise have had in place. I suspect she will never forget that moment. I know I won’t. And I have periodically wondered how the Lord might have used that memorable exchange in redirecting that woman’s heart back towards God. Out of the mouth of babes…
John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."December 4, 2016 at 5:03 pm #125635
Precious story indeed. I also have a story. A few years after the fact, my grandson nonchalantly commented one day that the God had given him a vision of Heaven’s gates. Massive, gold and lovely was what he remembered. Stuff that just can’t be made up!
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