Body conscious

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My mom picked up Lillian after school, then made a trip over to the near-by cemetery for a drive/stop by of my grandma’s grave site. She was explaining to Lillian that great grandma was buried there. And Lillian glanced around and said, “Wait. Is THIS what heaven looks like?” My mom did a lot of explaining … however, I’m not sure she chose the right words because when Lillian told me that they had made the trip, she told me that grandma said that great grandma’s body was buried there. Then she said, “So her head must be in heaven, with Jesus or something.”

Imagine that picture in a four-year-old mind. I’ve got to work on that one.

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A wing and a prayer

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As I’ve been preparing the children’s choir for our special nativity program, (which is tonight!) it has been my greatest prayer and hope that they will always remember this experience–that they will take some bit of their joy, their reverence, the details of the story, the words of the songs with them–as they grow in their faith.

After our practice yesterday, the mom of one of the angels questioned if her daughter’s costume was too fancy, because it is trimmed in gold and the others are simple white. I assured her it wasn’t because her daughter was Gabriel.

That mother put her hand to her heart and said, “I was Gabriel when I was a girl at school here.”

She remembered, and now she is passing her faith to her daughter. Glory to God in the Highest!

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord .And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”