FatherSon Ventures

Building a Relationship through Adventure

Angel Breakfast

Written By: Scot Butwell - Dec• 09•12

He was inches away from touching baby Jesus. He listened as Angel Gabriel introduced him to Joseph and Mary. He knocked on the door to the Bethlehem Inn, and a man popped his head out.

“I’m sorry there’s no room at the Inn,” the man said

He sat in a circle and shepherds told him about how angels appeared to them and told them about the birth of Jesus. He kneeled beside the stable before where baby Jesus lay, leaning in for a close-up look. “No touching baby Jesus,” a lady said.

This was no baby doll playing baby Jesus. It was a real baby and he wanted a closer look. I moved in behind him, knowing he is a tactile learner who likes to touch everything.

kings innD just stood there transfixed looking at baby Jesus, so tiny and fragile, and as he stared in wonder at the baby in tthe stable, I wondered what thoughts were going through his head.

It’s a fact: He’s been watching Rudolph and Frosty the Snowma three, four, or five times. I don’t think he’s the first child to do this. He’s memorized entire songs and huge chunks of dialogue, and he took a black hat with us to the mountains for his first snowman.

But here was baby Jesus in the flesh. You could see how badly he wanted to touch him. And to stay and linger to get a longer look at baby Jesus.

DSCN0504But his group had to move on to breakfast: yummy French toast sticks, yogurt and orange slices (none of which he ate being dairy and gluten-free). Trust me, it was good since I ate his and my breakfast.

This was the Journey to Bethlehem at our church, and D loved seeing the Christmas story up close. He can enjoy watching Rudolph, Frosty, Clarice, Comet, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey and the rest of the Christmas characters.

He can sing about Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and his miraculous saving of Christmas. And he can believe an old silk hat can make a snow man come to life for  as long as likes. He will grow out of believing these stories all too soon.

But I’m glad he saw baby Jesus up close, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and angels, and heard the real story of Christmas, a mother and special baby bringing God’s love closer to mankind.

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  1. Christi says:

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    You’ll love his writing.