We have three services on Sunday Mornings at the church. However, the early 8:30am service isn’t a big Children’s Ministry draw (I like to think of it as the AARP crowd). Normally we might have 120 Elementary kids at the 9:45am service and 140 kids at the 11:15am service, but the 8:30am service pulls in about 5 or 10 kids. So when my 8:30am teacher moved out of Lubbock two weeks ago, I decided it would be fun to teach a small class for a few weeks. It keeps me sharp to be doing a small class with the same enthusiasm that I would normally do the larger services with.
Anyway… yesterday I was talking to the 5 kids in my 8:30 class about the Angels appearing to the Shepherds and proclaiming the birth of Jesus.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
I started by introducing this scripture, and before I told them anymore about it I asked them who they thought said this particular bible verse. Of course they blurted out, “God”, “Jesus”, and “Mary!” I thought I would give the kids some clues, so I told them that it wasn’t said by a human, that it wasn’t someone who lived on earth, and that it was someone who was in the sky.
I guess I wasn’t specific enough because the unanimous answer from the group was that I had to be talking about an Astronaut! Now every time I hear or sing ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing‘ I will be thinking of space walks…