As I think about picking up my 3 year old son out of his crib this morning, hearing him chatter in 2 year old boy talk about the mini Christmas tree in his room, it strikes me that Jesus did not only come as a little baby but also grew up as a boy. The Word who became flesh learned how to form words with his mouth. How incredible. How humble. How like us and yet unlike us you are, Jesus.

As we approach Christmas Day, my prayer is that my children would not miss Jesus for Christmas. I know this starts with me, Father. Would you strip away idols of materialism and picture-perfect white Christmases from my heart and help me to shine the spotlight on Jesus brightly this Christmas?

Would you answer the prayer that all of the decorations and cookies and parties and even Christmas programs this Christmas season would not cover up the manger, but rather point my children to it?

May Christmas cookies remind them that only in Jesus will they "taste and see that the LORD is good!" (Psalm 34:8)

May gifts this Christmas even point them to the greatest treasure, Your own Son.

May our Christmas tree point to the tree that the Messiah would die on for their sins.

May we celebrate like people who have a reason to celebrate, because the good news of great joy that a Savior has come is the greatest reason to celebrate. But as we enjoy our celebration, may we never forget the reason we're celebrating.


I know that this would take a miracle to do in my children's hearts just as it takes a miracle in my heart, but I confess with the angel Gabriel, "For nothing will be impossible with God." (Luke 1:37) I know that You long for my children to behold and to believe in Jesus more than I do Father, because You are zealous for Your own glory. Make it so–as the star shone for the magi, shine in my children's hearts so they can see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6) this Christmas! As the angels pointed the shepherds to the glory that was in the manger that night, help my wife and I to point our children to the Glorious One who is reigning in Heaven today because He was lying in the manger that night.

We adore you, Jesus. May this Christmas be about adoring You!

Tim Counts is the pastor of Northshire Baptist Church in Manchester Center.