Scripture: Matthew 18: 1-14
Key verse: (5) “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Reflection: Greetings from CUBA! The high school trip to Cuba left the day after Christmas and left Christmas behind. We left our families to box up Christmas and are secretly hoping it is all done by the time we return. At the airport, Christmas music was still playing which was a bit annoying. We are on the go to our next experience.
In our society, we are always on the move. I read somewhere that there are always seven other places we could be at any given moment. Are there other places you could be or things you could be doing at this very moment? It is consumption that compels us to want more, do more and know more. We were excited at the chance to travel to Cuba at this time, to move to a place not many people have been and to acquire new experiences. The Christmas music caused us to stop.
Christmas is not over. It is just beginning. When we arrived in Cuba, we were treated to a Christmas play. We were invited to stop moving and sit with the story. This nativity had a princess and a frog and we found great joy. We laughed when the prince came to the manger and it had us sharing stories of our bit parts in Christmas plays. We sang Christmas carols loudly and badly but from the heart. We savored the innocence of children and welcomed their invitation to stop moving.
Jesus point may be that the children’s simplicity and authenticity is the greatest gift. Join us in stopping and allowing the joy of Christmas and the innocence of children to surround you.
Prayer: God of laughter and hope, give me the courage of a child to follow the light of the star and the joy in the journey. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].