IDOK DEVOTION FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
I’ve been thinking about something on and off since last Wednesday: DADDY GOD loves color and variety. Wednesday I was privileged to attend the Christmas Sing-A-long at Daphne Elementary School and as I sat and watched all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders file in and take their places on the shiny hardwood floor I had this beautiful, sweet, pleasant, loving sense of Jesus loving the children. Can you tell it moved me? There they sat with various textures and colors of hair and skin tones. They were beautiful! Every single one of them and Jesus loves every single one of them! The quiet ones, the mischievous ones, all of them – Jesus loves them and He came so they could live! There was a sadness there for me though. No teacher or speaker said Christmas is about Jesus. No songs were sung to ring out His Name. I did rejoice though each time I heard Merry Christmas sang or spoken rather than Happy Holidays; I’ll take my blessings however they come! And yet this I know even though He was not exalted by name, He was there! And He overwhelmed me with His love for color and variety in the little frames and faces of those precious little people. Oh may it be that many saints will be raised up and empowered to demonstrate to children that Jesus loves them!
And then on Friday I attended First Baptist of North Mobile’s Christian School Christmas Pageant. Now that was a Christmas Celebration! I worshipped and cried and laughed and loved every minute of it!! And again I was overwhelmed with that sense that ABBA loves color and variety. Again there were beautiful children with various textures and colors of hair and skin tones. Moreover, there was a song wherein the children came up the isles of the sanctuary dressed in costumes representing the country for the flag they were holding. I loved it! I am convinced when our God looks at the faces of humankind, He sees beauty in the differences. He loves the shades and colors of our faces. He did it on purpose!
The following comes from this website:
- Jesus calls the children dear,
“Come to Me and never fear,
For I love the little children of the world;
I will take you by the hand,
Lead you to the better land,
For I love the little children of the world.”
*Jesus loves the little children,
[*Jesus died for all the children,]
All the children of the world;
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
*Jesus loves the little children of the world.
[*Jesus died for all the children of the world.]
- Jesus is the Shepherd true,
And He’ll always stand by you,
For He loves the little children of the world;
He’s a Savior great and strong,
And He’ll shield you from the wrong,
For He loves the little children of the world.
- I am coming, Lord, to Thee,
And Your soldier I will be,
For You love the little children of the world;
And Your cross I’ll always bear,
And for You I’ll do and dare,
For You love the little children of the world.
Of all that we can do is there anything of more value than demonstrating to the children that Jesus loves them? Matthew 19:13-15 (New King James Version)
13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.
DADDY GOD, I am late again this morning at many things on my list. Thank You for the impressions You gave me with colors and variety; please, Holy Spirit, don’t let me forget it for as long as I breathe here on this planet. I pray that You will take this today and do Your Will with it. I pray for all of us this day that we will demonstrate to the children in our lives that You LIVE and You LOVE them; not just children but the big people in our lives too. And we pray too for all these whose names will be spoken, bless and comfort and heal as they need to glorify Your Name to the world. Comfort and protect our IDOK Troops we pray and bring them home safe and sound at the appointed time. I pray Your Sweet Presence to be felt and experienced by our IDOKs and our Readers today; keep us safe and holy in walk in this world for Jesus sake. Save America and give Israel Peace, I pray. Amen and amen.