O God who loves children,
during the church service on Sunday,
the children acted out the Christmas story.
The words, being recited or sung,
were printed in the bulletin,
so the adults didn’t miss anything.
How many children
have been shepherds, angels, wise men,
or part of the Holy Family
in a reenactment of your birth?
How many adults have made costumes,
held rehearsals, and waited breathlessly
while the children performed?
You, who welcomed children with open arms,
keep them safe and ever true to you.
At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”
Hymn: Children of the Heavenly Father