I love the Christmas season – I now begin the countdown to next year!
This year as I looked at the Christmas ornaments we put on the tree, I realized just how fast my little ones are growing. I realized this was the first year of no family picture with Santa Clause. My daughter didn’t ask for a doll this year, or any toys… she wanted perfume and tickets to a concert instead. We still enjoy the surprises and fun in Christmas – but it definitely feels like we are moving from one stage of life to the next.
As I was thinking about time going by so quickly, I read the following prayer from a book I had in my bookshelf titled “Praying the Bible for Your Baby” by Heather Kopp. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a baby in our home, but I guess I am a bit sentimental.
This is the prayer – “I Blinked, and She Changed!” from that book
“Heavenly Father, wasn’t it just last week that I brought Baby home from the hospital, dwarfed in an oversized sleeper? Wasn’t it yesterday that she pursed her lips and smiled at me for the first time? I remember the first time she turned her head toward me and smiled when I came into the room…
She’s growing so fast – too fast, Lord! She’s changing, and I’ll never have these moments back.
Your Word reminds me that life is a mist, a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14). And You say that there is a time for everytihng in our lives (Eccles. 3:1). But oh how I wish these times with (my little one) could last and last!
Help me to be like Mary, who saved up all her moments with Baby Jesus and later savored them lovingly (Luke 2:9). Teach me Mary’s wisdom – to gather well and ponder well my (little one’s) gifts!…… Teach me, Lord, to save and celebrate with a grateful heart every moment!
Sometimes I can rush through the day and miss the magic moments in each and every day. I don’t want to just “get through” the day – I want to learn to celebrate and be grateful for every moment and every stage of my kids’ lives.
Thank you Lord for the precious gift of our little ones, help us learn to slow down and celebrate the gifts you have entrusted to us.