Whew! What a day this has been! I was called to do some substitute work for one of the teachers at a child care facility and I have spent the entire day with ten rambunctious toddlers!
Today, being with the children, has reminded me of how Jesus loves them and gathered them all around. Jesus said, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14
I can recall a church play from my childhood, that told the Christmas story. The parts were being cast and everyone got a part. Everyone except me. I was devastated! Why didn't I get picked for the play? All of my little friends were going to be angels with white robes and a shiny tinsel halo. My heart was broken and I was in tears!
My aunt championed my cause! She asked the director to find a spot for me! While no speaking parts were available, she agreed that I could be a "silent" angel, standing with the group. But there was a problem! There were no more robes and halos! My aunt swung into action!
Going through her linen closet, she picked out the very best white bed sheet she had. She cut out and sewed the very best angel robe in the whole wide world! She then found some wire around the house and covered it with the most beautiful silver tinsel off her Christmas tree, and fashioned the shiniest halo ever!
I remember trying on the costume for the final fitting. It was glorious! I was all shiny in my halo and I can remember the feeling of excitement that I had. I was going to be an angel in the Christmas play!
The play begins! The angels proclaim the good news to the shepherds! I stood among the heavenly host with my head bowed and my hands together, as if praying, and my pearly, white robe aglow, and don't forget my shiny, silver halo sparkling for everyone to see!
Jesus was proud of me that night!