Christmastime Day Five
December 30, 2018
By Elaine Friedrich
Written by Susan Ziegler
Clothe Yourself in Holy Virtues
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12-17
One of the most rewarding activities that my husband and I are blessed with is watching our grandchildren twice a week and sometimes over a weekend. Their parents both work so all of the grandparents share in taking care of the little ones throughout the week. I would be lying if I said we do not get a bit tired at the end of the day, but the memories that we are building and the fact that we are being a part of their lives as they grow is beyond terrific.
Our grandson, who is nine months old, absolutely loves his Grandpa Bill. It is really sort of hard to compete with Grandpa Bill when the baby is so close to him. Grandpa Bill was feeding him his bottle recently, and I could not help but watch the love between the grandpa and his grandson.
I watched as the little one jumped up and down on his grandpa’s lap, sometimes falling to the side, but grandpa always caught him. Sometime the little one would jump sideways and lose his balance, but his grandpa always caught him and they laughed. The little one kept trying all kind of ways to jump and bend and twist, but grandpa always had his hands on him to keep him from falling as they laughed. I really do not know if our grandson has the ability to understand trust at such an early age, but there is no doubt in my mind that he did truly trust his grandpa was not going to let him fall.
As I watch my husband and his grandson play together and the protection that my husband provides, I cannot help but think that we believe this is so much like the love, protection, and trust that we have in our Lord. I firmly believe that as we sometime stray, either through thoughts or actions, our Lord is always there to catch us and help us get back on the straight path again.
Our Lord has asked us to clothe ourselves in holy virtues, such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and forgiveness. To bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have toward another. That we should forgive as the Lord has forgiven us. I believe that as we go through our lives, it is difficult to stay on the straight and narrow and not sway to do things that that may not be right in the eyes of our Lord, kind of like our grandson jumping up and down and relying on his grandpa to catch him. But the good news is that He is always there to catch us when we sway. He is there to remind us daily that He is our Father and He loves us.
So as we begin this New Year, we must have the same childlike faith that our grandson has with his grandfather when he is jumping on his lap. We must trust in the Lord to catch and protect us, even when we stray. And we must in all things that we do give thanks and know that we are truly loved by our God and Father.