A child on Christmas morning believes that they will see something beautiful under the tree. Something breathtaking, and often beyond imagination.
They wait in eager anticipation, asking many dozens of times how much longer they must wait until Christmas.
They prepare; writing letters to a jolly man in the North Pole with details to the enth degree, decorating cookies, lighting the tree, and hanging their stocking near the fireplace.
They share their joy; telling others how soon Christmas is approaching. How they cannot wait to see the things they asked for under the tree. Begging their parents to allow them to stay up and catch a glimpse of what they believe to be a miracle.
And when the morning of Christmas finally arrives, they are truly breathless with wonder.
Christmas with young children is pure joy because of their belief. There is no doubt in their mind that Santa will come and bring them every single thing they wanted, plus more. There is no hesitation in their asking, because he would never deny a child their truest wish!
How more loving towards His children is God? ...vastly more.
How often do we pour our hearts out to Him, without any doubt or hesitation that He will answer? ...far too scarcely.
The heart that trusts He will answer is a heart full of joy.
That is when we believe He loves us so much that He will answer our prayers, and we do not stop asking and petitioning until He does.
Never does a child mention Santa just once. Rather, he is a constant part of their life. In the same way, Christ should be a constant piece of our mind, and life! We should find joy and excitement in sharing with others what He has done - and what we are eagerly anticipating He will do!!! The joy on someone's face when they trusty believe He will answer their prayer is indescribable. It is a joy that must be shared.
To pray with a child's faith is to trust with a child's heart, leading to a joy so peaceful and deep that it will spill over into the lives of all around you... Just as it did with David.
Blessed be the LORD! ...7
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.