christmas 2010 :: toddlers and the incarnation
How do you teach a little 17-month old toddler about the incarnation of Jesus Christ? I mean honestly, I’m struggling just to teach Sam that every man wearing a baseball cap in public isn’t “Da-da! Da-da! Da-da!”.
However, I want our children to begin learning at an early age that the incarnation of Jesus was God’s way of drawing near to mankind. As in, close to us, beside us, next to us. To walk with us and live among us. To eat with us and pray with us. To get eye-level with little children and welcome them to himself.
Last year for Christmas, Becky bought me a Nativity Set for Sam. I have been waiting all year to open it up and let Sam play. Yesterday was the first day of Advent, and while we were decorating our home for Christmas, Joe sat down with Sam and taught him each character in the Nativity story. Will he remember this? Probably not, but we don’t want a Christmas to go by without Mary and Joseph and the shepherds and the wise men and (according to Fisher Price) a blond-headed Jesus!
Our hope is that as Sam’s little hands play with these Nativity pieces throughout the season, God will begin a work in his heart to show him that Jesus is indeed Immanuel, God with us.