Christmas Day: Receiving the Gift of Childhood

Meditation for Dec 25: Receiving the Gift of Childhood
Read Exodus 33:11-14, John 1:10-14; I John 3:1-2, Romans 8:14-16

God not only accepts me, God rejoices in me, delights in me, calls me his beloved child, and tells me that God’s favor rests upon me — not because of my “worthiness” but because of God’s love for me!

How do you know who your mother is and who your father is?  They tell you and you believe them!  Or someone else tells you.  So it is with your heavenly parent:  God is telling you, “You are my beloved child.”  If you can’t hear God’s voice within yourself, then hear those of us who tell you:  “You are God’s child!”

To receive this startling gift, I must let go of my fear of being truly known and truly loved. I must trust God and place my faith — and my life — in God.

“Because this Word is a hidden Word it comes in the darkness of the night.
To enter this darkness, put away all voices and sounds, all images and likenesses. In stillness and peace, in this unknowing knowledge, God speaks in the soul and becomes fully expressed there.” — Matthew Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart, p.75

I am God’s child!  Realizing and accepting this gift results in freedom from shame. It also results in power — I am a child of the King!


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About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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