The Advent and Christmas season is wonderful for children and adults. Among my most fond moments of childhood are the Sunday School Christmas services! We would stand at the top of the stairs in our farm home and recite our “Christmas piece” until it was loud and clear enough for Dad to hear it in the kitchen. When “the night” came parents were anxious to see and hear their children speak the Christmas Gospel! It was a simple service with the profound message of the incarnation! Everyone knew Luke 2 by heart!
It remains a joy for me to now witness grandchildren declaring (sometimes shouting) their Christmas joy. Psalm 8:2 reads, “LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” The informality of children in worship does not diminish the power of the Gospel!
While visiting in Nigeria we heard children singing hymns (loudly) as they walked to school. It is their joy and their witness. Jesus noted the same, “when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant. ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked him. ‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise?'”
I hope you hear the Christmas message from the lips of children as well as from the pulpit! This is a great time for children to be seen and heard! I loved it as a kid and I love it now!