"Who ever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child cannot enter in the kingdom of heaven."
As I looked at her sweet face I thought of how I really did not cherish the times I was trying in vain to get my own children to go to sleep. I was always frustrated, impatient, and upset that I was spending time in a room all alone, save for a screaming infant. But now that my own children are now past that point, and I don't get to do it anymore, it's more of a cherished experience. I am not proud of those last few sentences...sigh. As I was thinking through that, I thought about how God wants us to be as little children....and what exactly does that mean. Because, you see, I am often like a little child.
I want things that other people have
I want my way...right now!
Sigh, sadly, I am way more like a child than I would rather admit. That is quite a pathetic list.
However, God calls us to be childlike not childish.
He wants us to come to Him with open, accepting hearts.
With a faith that surpasses any kind of explanation.
And, just like Morgan did for me, rest peacefully in His arms, with security and no fear of being harmed or abandoned.
Thank you, Morgan. You are an excellent little teacher.
"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about"
There is a candle placed outside to welcome in the Holy family.
There is hay on the table to represent Jesus' humble beginnings in a stable.
Evergreen on the table represents eternal life in Jesus.
Money is placed on the table in hopes of a prosperous new year.
A white table cloth is placed on the table to represent purity.
There are twelve dishes served to represent the 12 disciples.
A cross of honey is marked on each forehead by the oldest son as a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
We start with oplatky, which is similar to a communion biscuit, and break a piece off as we pass it around the table and wish one another a Merry Christmas. We then have a sip of wine.
An apple is sliced and shared with everyone at the table. A symbol of the blessings in our lives.
Each member breaks open 3 walnuts - good nut=good year. bad nut= well, you know.
We then pass around the remainder of the dishes to be shared:
Prunes - to remind us of Jesus cursing the fig tree
Sauerkraut and garlic - to remind us of the bitter things in life
Peas - to remind us of the sweet things in life
Bread (Slovakian nut breads! yum!) and fish (shrimp and clam chowder!) - to remind us of the miracle of the loaves and fishes
Cottage cheese with opanskance (small balls of bread)
Christ. Because, after all, isn't that what Christmas (and life!) is all about?