Tuesday, December 22, 2009

An Angel Day

Every year we set up our nativity scene on a certain shelf, and every year it migrates throughout the house.  This year is no exception.  June, 3 years old, has now moved the entire nativity to a separate shelf where the tall wise men now eclipse the Santa who formerly resided there.  It is a hand-carved wooden nativity, originally from Israel, so it requires a bit of a delicate touch, but not too much.  She is gentle, and creative with these small pieces.

"Mommy, don't be afraid!"  June is holding an angel ornament above my head.  "I come to tell you good news!"
"Oh!" I say.  "What's the good news, angel?"
"Trust in the Lord and I will carry you to Bethlehem to see the baby king."
So, we "travel" to "Bethlehem" and find the baby Jesus lying under a blanket with Mary and Joseph nestled up next to him. 
"Angel," I say, "will you sing, now?"
"Sure!" And here is her song:
   Glory to the newborn King, glory to the newborn King,
   Christ is born in Bethlehem, glory to the newborn King.
   Gloria in excelsis deo (this line is translated through mommy-ears)

Do I wonder if she's getting the right message with Christmas?  Of course.  There are days when all she wants to talk about is Santa Claus and presents.  But then we have Angel Days.  And I sigh a little, knowing that sometimes this mommy-business is just a little out of my hands.  I gotta trust my Boss a little.  He's at a higher pay grade.


Tiffany said...

Aw, I love how you are being so intentional, Tori. Little June Bug definitely knows her truth. Thanks for the beautiful image. Can't wait to spend Christmas together!

Cathy said...

June told me her favorite thing about Christmas is "the baby Jesus"....you must be doing something right!

Katie said...

LOVE it!