For Unto Us A Child Is Born
This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. This man was
born, as all of us are, as a small helpless being, dependent on the care and
protection of a mother and father.
This child was born in a stable on a journey decreed by a Roman emperor
in order for an accurate taxpayer’s census to be prepared. In the times of Caesar
Augustus expectant mothers were not allowed the luxury of staying at home
during a census. Paying taxes was more important to the Roman Empire than
the birth of a child.
Shepherds, due to a lack of education and wealth, were considered the
lowliest members of a community. It was shepherds, though, who first
recognized the birth of a child who would become the Prince of Peace.
Wise Men, kings from other countries, journeyed to bring gifts to this
child. These kings realized the potential of this child. Another King, believing
that the prophecy of the birth of the “King of Kings” had been fulfilled, ordered
the slaughter of all male children under the age of three in his kingdom.
To protect their child, Mary and Joseph left their home, their family, and
their livelihood. This child and his parents fled to Egypt to escape King Herod’s
At the age of twelve, this child‘s parents allowed him to follow his desire of
becoming a rabbi, even though he would spend most of his adult life as a
carpenter. The last three years of his life, from the age of thirty, this child
traveled from city to city with his followers and students. He talked to people
about how to be kind to one another and how to have a personal relationship with
the Creator of the Universe. His teachings were considered treason by the
governing powers at the time, and he was sentenced to death.
This week we celebrate the birth of a man from Galilee. In our celebration
let us remember that we all are born as children of God with enormous potential
that even a simple uneducated person, such as a shepherd, can comprehend.
In our merrymaking let us remember that each of us has possibilities that
should be encouraged by those in our world who are in positions of wisdom,
wealth and influence. Those of us who hold these positions of power should seek
to share our gifts and offer them to our children, as the Wise Men did.
We need to be prepared to protect our children from the treachery and
greed of those who would be the King Herod’s in our world.
Using Mary and Joseph as our models, we need to trust our children to
follow their paths and believe in our children’s and our own unique abilities to
heal the world.
Every person on our planet is born a child. No matter what our beliefs in
terms of religion, nationality or faith, the message of the child called Jesus speaks
to us all, if only we will listen. The message is simple.
Jesus said that the two most important acts we can perform in the world
Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your mind and with all your strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
A message simple enough for a child to understand.
For unto us a child is born. We need to remember that each of us is that
God bless us, everyone.
Kids Talk TM is a column dealing with childhood development issues written by
Maren Stark Schmidt. Ms. Schmidt founded a Montessori school and holds a
Masters of Education from Loyola College in Maryland. She has over thirty
years experience working with children and holds teaching credentials from the
Association Montessori Internationale. Contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit MarenSchmidt.com. Copyright 2017.