Light Notes

Bella, 4, reminds us why it is Christmas

The reason for the season isn’t heard much anymore.

As cash registers ring and sales clerks sing “Happy Holiday!” the meaning seems to have slipped away.

But a few days ago at one gaily decorated department store, a once-familiar message rang clearly.

Little 4-year-old Bella walked hand-in-hand with her mother as they finished their gift shopping, freshly baked cookies waiting for their return.

“Happy Holiday!” the woman behind the cash register said cheerfully as she handed the purchase across the counter.

“Merry Christmas!” Bella’s mom responded, as the two women exchanged good-byes.

But to the mind of the child listening nearby, something had obviously been forgotten.

"Don't forget that God's getting ‘borned’ soon!" Bella’s sweet voice announced.

Words that were heaven-sent.

Shoppers smiled. And perhaps God did, too. Like a gentle breeze, the spirit of the season — what it’s truly meant to be — wrapped around those who would hear. For one soft moment, the light of truth shone brightly.

Thank you, Bella, for reminding everyone that Jesus is the reason for the season. His birth in a lowly manger more than two thousand years ago brought God’s love to the world.

He offers that love to us still today. All we need is the heart of a child to believe.

According to The Living Bible, in Luke 2:10-11 it is written, “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord — has been born tonight in Bethlehem."