Two of the grandchildren are here tonight having an "overnight" with Qavah. They were all ready for bed with teeth brushed when we lit the Hanukkah candles saying the blessing for the second night. Then we opened our devotional book for the month of December which has twenty-five stories leading up to Christmas. We read the account of Adam and Eve in the garden and their deadly decision to listen to the serpent rather than to obey God. The two holiday stories pointed to our need for God's deliverance. In child-like wonder the children heard the message that there is no hope for us apart from the mercy of God. They hung the ornament on the tree that depicts a piece of fruit and a serpent, and Annelise turned to me and stated, "You know what Nonny... sometimes I sin." "I do too, Annelise." I replied. "But I sin when I don't obey Mommy and Daddy," she continued, "And I'm sorry." It was only a brief conversation, but a precious one at that. How better to prepare the way of the Lord than to acknowledge sin, and repent.
Prepare our heart, dear Lord, to hear the Christmas story once again this year and respond in adoration. Amen.