Friday, Third Week in Advent

The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
-- Isaiah 11:6

"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them."

When my daughter was small, she was out shopping with me, caught up, as I was, in the last minute holiday rush. She was just old enough to grasp the significance of Christmas, but not quite in the way I had imagined. As we crawled the aisles of our local grocery store, searching for all the trimmings, I inquired of her what we should have for dessert on Christmas. "Birthday cake!" she replied, brightly and without hesitation. "Why birthday cake?" I asked. Looking at me as if I'd forgotten something, she quipped back "Well, isn't Christmas Jesus' birthday?"

Needless to say, we went straight to the bakery and ordered a birthday cake. For that year and many years thereafter, birthday cake was a centerpiece of the regular Christmas fare. It was an obvious reminder of what is truly the 'reason for the season."
Jesus came into this world as a babe-- innocent and without sin-- to help us see and understand with clarity what is truly important.

As we joyfully recall his coming, we should once again look to the children in our lives who reflect the wonder and miracle that is this holiday season. They are eager and willing to take the time to soak up every sight and sound of the world around them, and their boundless love and energy breathes new life into us all. They are a true reflection of Jesus' presence in our world today.

-- Pam Havens,
Director of Donor Relations