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In the Heart of a Child
by Wayne Childress
12/06/12
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In the Heart of a Child?


     What’s that special something that makes a song a hit? What’s it about a song that transports it from a hit to an instant “classic”? I can’t answer these questions. But, for the first time in my life I have heard a song that so transcends the norm that it answers these questions. It’s that good. Where is the line to see Jesus?
    The Scriptures tell us “out of the mouth of babes” but until I heard this song the saying never held a real meaning. This song gives that saying a depth to bring a smile to your heart and tears to your eyes - at the same time. The first time I heard it, I picked up the phone to call family a thousand miles away before the song finished playing; and, I’m a fifty something military combat veteran. It’s that powerful. Where is the line to see Jesus?
    Part of that power comes from the simple realization that if a child ever really asked us such a simple question most of us would be speechless. We can study apologetics and Scripture all we want and God proves our ignorance with a simple question from an innocent child. A question so simple we should all have asked it years ago and done something about it. It’s that poignant. Where is the line to see Jesus?
    I have never heard a sermon that moved me so much. I think I know why too and I don’t think I am alone. We spend so much time and effort striving to discover God and His will for us. Some of us spend a lot of time and effort trying to share our faith, some to defend our faith, and some to do both. Most all of us have become so engulfed in our own efforts we have forgotten what Jesus told us about being like children. It is not our innocence we have lost; we have lost the child’s ability to seek simplicity. It’s that simple. Where is the line to see Jesus?
     There is no biblical imperative to celebrate the birth of our Savior – even less a date given for the observance. Even though we know this, the observance of Christmas is essentially universal for Christians.  Or is it? As if Jesus didn’t already suffer enough on Earth, the “celebration” of His birth places Him up like a piñata to be beaten open for toys. It’s that true. Where is the line to see Jesus?
     Children amaze us for their sense of awe and wonder. Why is the sky blue? They fulfill us with questions about life by reminding us of what is important. This song, perhaps, is like our inner child asking a question we quit asking ourselves long ago. A question we quit answering for ourselves and others too. It’s that serious. Where is the line to see Jesus?
     Please Father; grant me the heart of a child. Amen.


     Wayne Childress, Silver, ID #60789.    
 

     The Path to Light

 



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