In the mid 80’s I was hired as the library director for a public library in North Central Nebraska. It was a job that I loved, primarily because I had the opportunity to work with young children. I organized and led the story hour program during the summer and checked out books to the children throughout the year.
I enjoyed seeing the children’s enthusiasm and their love for learning. Often times I would notice that some of these children would check out the same books over and over again, even when their parents would suggest that they try something new. The children loved those favorite stories that they had read so many times before.
That reminds me of the Christmas story that we hear year after year. We never tire or get bored when we hear the miracle of Jesus’ birth and that He came to earth to save us. At my age I still marvel at this awesome miracle. During each and every Christmas season I continue to learn something new just like the little children who came into the library.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love You, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask You to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in Your tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with You there.
Lord God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ. We thank you for all the lives you have touched, both young and old. Remind us often that as we enjoy hearing the message and singing the songs, our task is to retell Your story. We thank you God for the Baby in the manger who is the Savior of the World. Amen.
This devotion was written by Linda Martindale, a member of the Women’s Ministry Team, as a way to encourage women to know, love and serve God.