This Christmas eve past was spent with another extended family including a man who had just celebrated his 50th birthday. He was so proudly holding his four month old son. I offered to hold Joseph Gilligan IV while his parents ate their lutefisk. Joe the III was a little leery but instructed me that his son liked a steady, but gentle touch. The mother, who has known me for thirty years, responded, “I think she has done this before”. I am happy to report that Joe IV and I bonded and I got to even hold him during the gift opening.
At our regular WMF meetings, district meetings, and national WMF conventions when I look over the crowd before the event begins I am so encouraged to see faces eager to be involved and ready to hear the gospel whether through scripted themes, hymns, or photography. It reminds me of I Peter 2:2-3 (NIV) “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Even as we find much satisfaction in finding we are able to make a baby content in our arms, so also we never tire of hearing the gospel, but love the old, old story every time we hear it. We are reminded again of our great need and how God met that need through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Every opportunity we have to hear his Word, even those words that are most familiar, is a special time for us.