I can’t believe our children’s Christmas presentation has come and gone once again. I always enjoy the research, practices, experimenting, and the general build up to the actual performance. Then after weeks of practice and anxiously wondering if it will work out, seeing it all come together. I hope that you were able to see our Calvary Kids this past Sunday, and be reminded of that very first Christmas. It is so important that during this busy season, that you take some time to pause, slow down, and reflect on what this season is truly about – time to reflect on God’s plan and the hope a tiny baby would bring
As we prepared for the children’s presentation this year, I was reminded of one of my favourite parts of the Christmas story. I have always liked the part when the shepherds are out in the field “keeping watch over their flocks.” I can imagine these ordinary people, working and chatting with each other, like they would have on any other night, when suddenly they are confronted by an angel. Imagine the surprise – how would you react?
After listening to what the angel had to say, the shepherds went to Bethlehem. As random as this may have seemed at the time, this was all part of a plan – God’s plan of bringing a Saviour into the world. I wonder, do you have a favourite part of the true Christmas story? Is there something about it that stands out and speaks to your heart?
The children’s presentation is fun, and it gives the kids an opportunity to learn the truths about Christmas. This presentation, however, is also arranged to remind each of us about the simplicity of the real facts. God sent his son to this earth to live with us, to teach us, and to ultimately die for us. We celebrate Christmas because it was the start of this beautiful plan…and we celebrate the innocence of our Saviour as a tiny baby. Over the next ten days or so, I want to challenge each of you to slow down, and enjoy the time as we celebrate the Christmas season. May your heart be blessed this Christmas!
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14 KJV
Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministries