What does our school need for Christmas?

I asked a preschooler, “What does our school need for Christmas?” He replied, “I really want to ask Santa for a new faucet, but he really only has a toy shop. I think I will have to ask Mrs. Claus to go shopping.”

handsfaucet

On this last day before Christmas, there are many things we are getting ready for. We may be baking cookies, preparing food, assembling presents, wrapping presents, writing special Christmas cards, cleaning our homes and decorating that last area we forgot about. Many of us are wishing we had a Santa and a Mrs. Claus and a supply of elves to magically get all things done.

Maybe this is a Christmas where you can take time to not worry about every little thing. The big thing is the way you treat the people who will enter into your world. The Jesus that came for the first Christmas came into a stable with hay and no presents until he was a toddler. The king did not even have one gift on his birthday, no special foods prepared, no decorations on trees and houses, no playlists carefully structured, no cards made out and no gift receipts to keep track of. All that was present for that first Christmas was love in a human form. It was a love that was so great it could wash away all our sins with no faucet required.

  • What preparations did you do for this Christmas? 
  • Are the things you do all motivated with showing others love, or are some of them motivated by relieving guilt and not being judged?
  • Realizing that even Santa cannot do everything, what could you do to make this Christmas a time of bringing love in human form as your gift?

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” St. Augustine

What does a speck of sawdust and a plank in your eye really mean?

I was reading that Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” I asked a preschooler, “What does a speck of sawdust and a plank in your eye really mean?”   He said, “Wow, that means a carpenter forgot to wear his goggles!”

A speck and a log

A speck and a log

I have heard ideas that being judgmental is a form of being human, and we should not look at others without first looking closer at ourselves. All that makes sense. The world would be a kinder place if we would not judge so quickly.  I have never before heard the virtues of a good carpenter wearing safety goggles.

Preschoolers can often give the new twist that can make us think deeper. If we had goggles that would protect our eyes from sawdust and big planks and all the knotholes that carpenter’s deal with, we would be much safer. Goggles would also give us clearer vision. We would be able to see the world without the fear of injuring our eyes. We would be free to look at things that could previously have hurt us or have made us turn away. We would be able to take more chances and be bolder in our moves. We would not blink so quickly and really be able to study what we look at.

We have no real photos of Jesus. We only have artist’s renderings.  Jesus may have had a whole different image if someone would have drawn some goggles around his eyes.

  • What could happen if you really could wear glasses that allowed you not to judge?
  • If you placed goggles on that protected you and gave you boldness, what would you do differently?
  • Do you have someone in mind that you would like to purchase goggles for?

“To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.”  Anton Chekhov