“The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6 NIV
One of my favourite songs is the old Jars of Clay hit, Like a Child (you can listen to it here). It’s all about having faith like a child.
Because there is something wonderful about children. It’s in the way they see the world. It’s in the ease of their faith. It’s in the lovely way that they make friends with someone new in an instant.
And in this video, it’s in the way that they tell the story of Jesus’ birth. I love it. I’ve watched it over and over, giggling and enjoying this version as much as I enjoy the readings that tell the story (much more seriously and with fewer colloquialisms) on Christmas Eve.
I think it is no mistake that when God chose to come to earth, he did it as a child. I hope, fervently, that when I get to Heaven, I’ll be able to spend some time with Mary listening to her stories of Jesus’ childhood. I bet he was an exceptional kid (but then, aren’t all kids exceptional? I know that the ones I’m closest to have absolutely captured my heart, and I have no problem proclaiming them as the three greatest kids in the world!).
This Advent, may you have faith like a child. May you look at the world with innocence and wonder. May you make friends easily. May your faith come easily. And may you fall just a little more in love with that baby born in Bethlehem.