Reading: Matthew 11: 25-30
As we celebrate the tenth day of Christmas, let me tell you a story about a boy named Nathan. Nathan was a very special child. He came from a good family, had gone to grange camp, and was overcoming some medical problems. He indeed was very special, in his own special way.
I encountered Nathan my second summer of being a church camp counselor. He was in my cabin. I knew from the start that he would be an interesting boy to work with. He was slow and needed the extra time to get himself ready. Periodically, I’d have to remind him what he was doing. When he got one sock on, I’d remind him to put the other one on. When he got his socks on, I’d have to remind him to put his shoes on. After he got one shoe on, I’d have to remind him to put the other one on. Nathan was indeed special.
Nathan gave me the appreciation for little things– getting dressed, putting on my shoes, and the like. We often get caught up in our busy daily schedules and sometimes forget about the little things such as the small ant on the ground, the bird chirping in the tree, or the squirrel scurrying with a nut. They are a valuable part of creation and truly make the world a better place. Unfortunately, they get lost as we hurry from place to place, going about our daily routines. But, they are parts of our life that are even more valuable than our hair appointments, work deadlines, and car problems. They are the simple things which God made for us to care for, enjoy, and appreciate.
Did you feel rushed and overly busy this Advent and Christmas season? I’ve already been planning on how I can do things differently next year so that I can enjoy the season more. Perhaps I will try to do that all year round!
So, the next time you put on your shoes, think of Nathan. After you have one shoe on, remind yourself to put the other one on. Think about the small things in your daily life and appreciate them. Don’t just take them for granted.
Oh, by the way, Nathan, it’s time to put your left shoe on. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video rendition of the folk song, “Simple Gifts.”
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