December 20 Minute Message

Dec 20, 2018Tom Ellsworth

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The joy of Christmas is always best viewed through the eyes of a child. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Each December as we unpack our nativity scene I smile to remember a Christmas when our oldest daughter Emily was very young. I had arranged the characters in the scene as always with the shepherd and sheep peering in from the outside. Sometime later, however, I passed the nativity and discovered the sheep were all inside the stable. I didn’t think much about it as I rearranged them but later in the day, they were back in again. Now I was puzzled. Neither my wife nor I had touched them, so how did they get there? We soon discovered that Emily had used a step stool to reach the table and rearrange the sheep. Her explanation? “Sheep belong in a barn.”

She was right – livestock belongs in a stable; a manger is no place to lay a baby. Sheep are at home around a feeding trough, but the infant Jesus deserved better. But with such a humble birth, God demonstrated his incredible love for all people. From the least to the greatest, he welcomes us. Stay close to him this Christmas!