I watched the process of birthing and nurturing a family from my window this past year.
Male and female became mates and nested in our ready-made house. Equally excited, they did their best to ready it as an incubator. One going in to tidy things up. The other waiting to check the progress. One such day, I observed the Mrs. toting an extra long piece of grass–twice the length of their new home. The Mr. was standing guard from above– then popped down there and pushed the opposite end into the hole– as a true helpmate should!
Weeks later, a choir of triplets announced their birth.
Incessant baby-chirps insisted on needing fed. Then one day, my “Nook” guests and I were entertained as Momma gave her babes their first flight instructions. Tiny bodies dressed in soft downy feathers aligned the roof of our car port. Momma B hurriedly fetched a beak-full of energy food for each to fuel their first flight. One by one, they spread their wings. Most of their movement was down-not-up! They landed on the driveway.
By the month of August, the in-and-out traffic of that tiny house was nearly nonstop. Five sparrows still consider it their home. Some days they must wait their turn to go inside. The sides of the little house bulge with feathers and such — poking out the cracks.
These parents created a home where their children felt nurtured, loved… they gave them ROOTS!
They also taught them to spread their wings. They gave them confidence, courage, a REASON TO FLY!
It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of buying Christmas gifts for our babes. We overspend at the expense of teaching the wrong value system.
- They long for our time and attention. We teach them a sense of entitlement; lavish them with the latest Christmas toy craze.
- They grow weary of all the activity, long to “just stay home”. We stress ourselves with expectations, thinking we need to entertain, fill their schedules, keep them busy.
- They are happy with the simple things: a pad of paper, markers, flashlight, a roll of tape. We buy things that consume their minds instead of using their imagination.
Every babe is born with one common need: to know our Maker’s love. This is God’s concern for His children:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them upon your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…Write them on the doorframes of your houses…” Deut. 6:5-9NIV
Our children are curious to know God. Their greatest desire is to be loved: by Him, by Us. Let’s keep it simple this year. Let’s wrap our hearts around this one gift: impressing upon our babes the love-gift of the Christmas Babe.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6
He Roots us and grounds us with His love…and gives us a Reason to Fly!
Merry Christmas from my Nook to yours!