When I Think of Christmas

I can’t help but think about the ones who are in need. My son, Noah, asked me to share a story of a child who made a difference. Jane Adams was from Cedarville, Illinois. When she was six years old, her father took her on a trip. She saw many poor people. This touched her heart. She told her Father that when she grew up, she would have a huge house in the middle of many poor homes, so she could help these people in need. Chicago, Illinois was also called “a city with a million strangers”. In 1889 Charles Hull, a wealthy business owner fell on hard times. Jane Adams bought her large home and started the Hull-House. She opened the house up to help working women with their children. She also opened her home up to elderly, lonely people who were unable to work. She provided food and shelter for many. She had lots of volunteers eager to lend a helping hand. The Hull House offered classes to help educate the poor. In 1893, the Hull House built the first public playground, so the children would have a place to play. The heart of a child made a difference in Chicago

Jesus loves the heart of a child, innocent, happy, loving, believing, excited, eager to learn. Isn’t that how Jesus wants our heart. {Luke 2:41-52) “Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends.

When they couldn’t find him, they went back to Jerusalem to search for him there. Three days later they finally discovered him in the temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they didn’t understand what he meant.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

THE HEART OF A CHILD. The heart of God’s child. Innocent, happy, loving, believing, excited, eager to learn and obedient. The heart of God’s son. What is in our heart’s, today? In 2007, soon to be 2008, what is in the heart of God’s people today? INCIDENTS? HAPPINESS? LOVE? BELIEVING? EXCITEMENT? EAGER TO LEARN? OBEDIENCE?

What’s in your heart?

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7 thoughts on “When I Think of Christmas

  1. Jane Adams modeled what was in her heart. Jesus modeled what was and is in His heart. All of us likewise model each day and each moment what is in our hearts.

    If we don’t like what we are modelling we can ‘metamorphose’ our lives, exchanging one id. thought. or action for another. With Jesus and His heart of love we can still model those things we have dreamed of.

    Thanks Noah and Wendy for giving us Hope on the Birth of Hope, Love and Peace.

  2. Thanks Wendy and Noah for sharing this story of someone who pursued her passion until she obtained it..and such an unselfish desire that expressed the same love and care that Jesus has for the poor. It reminds me of Psalm 37:4…”delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
    And I so appreciate the hope of what Sara shared above regarding ‘metamorphose’ and ‘modeling’. Looks to me that if a love to learn is in our hearts and we are we are not reaching the level that God has for us, that if we pursue the change we will one day experience it. The Wise Men diligently followed that star until they found the heart of love Itself.

  3. “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

    My prayer for today, Christmas Day, that I will continue to grow in wisdom and in favor with God and all the people.

    I pray for the children of India, China and Iraq that they too will grow in favor with God, all the people ad in wisdom and stature.

    How thrilling to write my prayers and know that when others read this they too will be in agreement in prayer for these children. And, for Noah, Luke, Nathaniel and Nicholas.

  4. During the Advent season we looked back upon the spiritual changes over the year that had occurred in us as we lit each candle. Was there a change in the previous year? If not we can like Sara says we can ‘metamorphose’ our lives, exchanging one id. thought. or action for another. The last candle remember was pink and designate the hope we have, the hope we have in becoming new before the Lord Jesus Christ, the hope of drawing closer to Jesus. Jesus extends us hope for the coming year to work in the lives of others around us. Will we experience INCIDENTS? HAPPINESS? LOVE? BELIEVING? EXCITEMENT? EAGERness TO LEARN? OBEDIENCE? this year changing our identity. I pray that we all will. The New Year then will bring newsness to each of us this coming year. May our newness be a light for others to draw closer to Jesus too. Thanks Wendy for the story of Jane Adams and the Hull House. First a dream born out of love and then walking in it to touch others with love.

  5. When I read this story about Jane Adams, I see…….. “selflessness”. God told us in His Word to turn from our selfish ways. (Matthew 16: 24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.'”) As a parent, I see selflessness in Jane’s father, as well as Jane. Her father took her on that trip, when he may have wanted to take her to the zoo or circus? His motive could have been to help “mold and make” an identity change, or just encourage Jane to be all that God wanted her to be?? What a wonderful story this is….to think a father was teaching his daughter, about love for all mankind…and a child promising to help others in need, when she became old enough. God, I pray that you will help parents, like myself, to “mold, teach, and train” children, to have “selflessness”, like Jane and her father did.

  6. Luke 2:45-50 “When they could not find him, theywent back to Jerusalem to search for him there. 46 Three days later they finally discovered him in the Temple, sitting among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions. 47 All who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.48 His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” 49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. ” Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant.
    When I read this, I think about how Mary and Joseph must have felt when they couldn’t find there son. They had no idea where he was. There heart probably sank when they realized that he was missing. I’m sure they could sleep without knowing that there son was safe. They probably thought the worst had happened. They didn’t know where he was for three whole days, 72 hours without their son. This had to be the longest days of their life. You know they were in a frantic state of mind. Afraid of what the out come could be, his parents continued to search for him. Day and night for three days looking everywhere they could think to look. Finally, they find him in the Temple. His parent’s hearts were overcome with joy. The fear in their hearts were gone. Their search was over. They found Jesus in “HIS FATHER’S HOUSE.” He had been there the entire time waiting for them to find him. What an awesome thought. Seeing Jesus’s beatuiful face in his FATHER’S HOUSE. What an overwhelming feeling of relief, to know that their search is over. There have been times in my life that I felt like Mary on her search for Jesus. Lost, not knowing where to look, afraid, frantic. Thank You Jesus, for waiting for me in the Temple. What an awesome relief to know that the search is over. That I’ve seen Jesus in the Temple, His Father’s House. Thank you Jesus for waiting for me!!!

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