Two of our grandkids spent the night with us Monday. It's always fun to have grandkids in the house...unless they're arguing over something! (Not that a brother and sister would argue.)
Our morning routine is to read a daily devotional and pray together before I head out to work. That includes a cup of coffee. With the two kids up and about in the house our routine wasn't going to be the same. So, while I was finishing up my bowl of Special K Gail texted me. (Yes, we've slid down that slippery slope, it appears.)
"Come here with age appropriate devotion for all of us. And another cup of coffee."
Hmmm. I'm a Bible teacher, so here was a challenge I would accept. On the fly.
With it being eight days before Christmas I thought of something with a Christmas theme. My thoughts went to the story in Luke 1 of Mary's visit to her older cousin Elizabeth, herself about six months along, carrying John the Baptist in her womb.
I read from the Bible app on my smart phone (yes, I'm there, too) some of the story, keeping it age appropriate. When Mary (recently impregnated with her consent* by the power of the Holy Spirit) arrived after a long journey from Nazareth to Judea she greeted Elizabeth. "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit."
"Did you know that babies inside their mothers can hear sounds and people's voices?", I asked them. "That is why when a baby is born and his or her mommy or daddy speaks to him/her ("it" is not an appropriate word for any of us) that baby will focus on the person speaking because the baby recognizes the voice".
Then I continued with the seed I hoped to plant in their young minds.
"Was tiny John the Baptist a person inside his mother?" You could see them thinking, because in their experience a "person" is someone who can be seen. I followed up with pointing out that he (unborn John) responded to Mary's voice, which was not familiar to him, but got his attention at just six months gestation. OK, I didn't say "gestation".
They got it. Unborn babies are people, too, with the ability to respond to voices. More than anyone else, being unable to protect themselves, they need our protection
I hope they never forget that.
I still believe that "Jesus loves the little children of the world." Certainly He doesn't exclude the littlest ones.
* "My it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38