Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
My holiday words are JUST and PURE. Callie spoke of the commercialism of Christmas. I want to bring you the heart of Christmas. Pure love with a perfect (just) heart.
I spend my days in the company of pre school children. It is NOT always a happy time. There are morning tears and arguments over toys, but at Christmas, the atmosphere seems to shift just a little. The kids seem a little calmer and there is a high level of excitement among the older ones.
The other day two-year-old Mikey joined us for the first time. To say he wasn’t happy about being left in the company of strangers is a serious understatement. In the midst of trying to calm Mikey’s anxieties, I felt a presence behind me. I turned to find four-year-old Allison standing there, her favorite teddy bear clutched to her chest, blue eyes round at Mikey’s tears.
Let me tell you about Allison and the bear. Nobody messes with the bear. It comes to Tiny Tikes with Allison, it goes home with Allison. It is never more than six inches away from Allison at any time through the course of the day.
Without a word to, or from, me Allison simply kissed the bear and held it out to Mikey. This distraught child, who wouldn’t take a thing from me, grabbed Allison’s bear like a lifeline. Allison simply smiled and walked away until Mikey went down for a nap. Allison retrieved her bear once Mikey no longer needed it. What an example of selfless love. A love that gives and expects little back. The very lesson that Jesus tried to teach us with His life. A love JUST and PURE.