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I know Christmas is over and that we have all moved on. But here is one last Christmas story as much for the introduction as for the story itself.
I have posted on the Times Colonist “Spiritually Speaking” blog, the children’s Christmas story I will read at our 10:00 service tomorrow morning.
It is easy in the midst of the demands of this season to lose touch with the true meaning of Christmas.
Another children’s Christmas story.
It is hard during the Christmas season to miss the feeling that some mysterious force is stirring in our hearts. The beauty and wonder of the season seems to open our hearts to a deep dimension of love and goodness.
In the following children’s Christmas story, I tried to capture this sense of yearning that accompanies most of us, even if unacknowledged, through most of our lives.
I like the idea of angels. Especially at Christmas it seems appropriate to think about the possibility of heavenly messngers. I expect children have an easier time believing in angels than most adults. But it is fun to imagine what might go on in a children’s angel world. Here is a children’s Christmas story that imagines a little angel adventure.
It is easy, in the midst of the busyness, to lose touch with the mystery and the wonder of the Christmas season. When I wrote “The Fire Keeper”, I was hoping to help the children who worshiped with us on Christmas day, to stay connected to the deep wonder of this season.
In 1995, it was seven years since we had lived in a small farming community in Manitoba. But, our experience living among the farmers who made their living off the land around Carman, had left a deep impact. The memories we had of our years living in the flat prairie farmlands gave rise to the children’s Christmas story I wrote in 1995. It was called “The Christmas Horse”.
It is difficult to know how to encourage children to open to the deeper significance of the Christmas season. Gifts, feasts, decorations, and elaborate celebrations are so compelling.