I never saw Santa Claus strategically placing presents under our tree on Christmas Eve, but I knew joy would fill the empty space while I slept. Besides, I never wanted to actually see the big guy because my mother shared a story of Santa sprinkling pepper in her eyes when he showed up and found her awake. (I later discovered Grandaddy Cephas was the culprit. His “jokes” definitely crossed the line at times.)
My childhood faith in the unseen brought rest during unrestful moments. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy delivered the promises from previously told tales. Thankfully, in my home, there was never a letdown. Kids choose to believe the stories adults tell without proof. It’s genuine faith.
Christmas, above all else, is magical. Although some Christian adults feel Santa Claus erases the true meaning of Christmas, I can’t remember a single time when my mother failed to deliver the spiritual truth of the holiday season. Mom constantly reminded us of Jesus’ birth and focused on the Three Wise Men. Their response is a wonderful example of this childlike faith in action. They followed a star, hoping it would lead them to the Messiah.
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
The Three Wise Men weren’t the only ones who heard the prophecy of the newborn king, but they faithfully sought him out when others stood still. It’s harder for adults to believe in the unseen, so it’s easier for our faith to waver. Faith isn’t blindly following instructions. You should doubt your doubts and ask questions to understand the invisible. After all, there’s a point to faith, and seeking answers will make it stronger.
Watching children be captivated by the Christmas spirit can be a wonderful reminder to us all. Not only is it an opportunity to invite children into God’s Kingdom before they’re hindered with doubt and skepticism, but seeing pure faith through the eyes of a child is also an invitation for us all to open our hearts and rekindle our childlike faith and wonder in God. This is the type of faith Jesus calls us to.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
What does faith mean to you? How has faith changed the way you approach life?
Read the Christmas Bible Story. Share the role faith plays in the Christmas story. Be proactive and share your faith with people who don’t know Jesus.
God, I receive more spiritual understanding the more I dive into my faith, and I thank you for that. You will not abandon me when I need you the most or when I forget I need you at all. I will continue to have faith in you, my story within your story, and in the things I’m not meant to know. Amen.
Read Luke 1:39-56 together as a family. Create a playlist of everyone’s favorite Christmas carols and worship songs. Play it all week and sing along!
This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.
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