Christmas Countdown Day 6: Proud

The Advent Scripture passage for Day 6 is Zechariah 6:10-11.

You are to tell him: This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Here is a man whose name is Branch; He will branch out from His place and build the Lord’s temple. Yes, He will build the Lord’s temple; He will be clothed in splendor and will sit on His throne and rule. There will also be a priest on His throne, and there will be peaceful counsel between the two of them.

Tonight, my kindergartener walked bravely up to the microphone and beautifully sang “Jingle Bells” to start his school’s Christmas music program.

To see him on stage, stepping forward without hesitation and singing out so sweetly was incredible. Jackson was in his element, and he shone!

Here is a video of him, reprising his solo from the program:

As a parent, there will be times you will just beam with pride over your children, for their accomplishments and for simply being your child. Tonight was one of those moments for me.

I wonder if God the Father feels that way about Jesus Christ. Did He well up with matchless pride when His Son was born into this world? What was it like for the Almighty when His Son said “Abba” for the first time? Did He catch His breath as Jesus took His first steps? He couldn’t hold it in when Jesus was baptized, saying aloud, this is MY Son. When it was finished, and sin and death were conquered once for all, did God welcome Jesus back home saying, “I’m so proud of you, Son. You did it”?┬áIn Zechariah chapter 6, it describes a day where Jesus will be clothed in His full glory and splendor and rule as King of Kings here on Earth. I imagine in that day, God’s pleasure in Jesus will be unparalleled, as He watches His Son sit on His throne.

Snuggle time with the kiddos

Snuggle time with the kiddos

Later tonight after the concert, our family activity involved lots of snuggling and hiding out under the covers, with plenty of giggling in between. As I held each child in my arms and prayed with them before bedtime, I thanked God for choosing me to be their mom. I am so proud of them both, and cannot fully express the depths of my gratitude to my Savior for creating them and entrusting them in my care.

Today, I urge you to express your pride in your children and others entrusted to you. Whether it’s for singing a solo in a school program or simply being your child, tell them. Show them. Thank God for them.

T-E-L-L, I’m gonna tell

Jackson (in the center with a white shirt) sings at VBS family night.

In front of a packed house Thursday evening, my little boy got up with his friends and sang his heart out for Jesus.

My joy may have matched his while I watched Jackson’s face beam as he sang and did all the motions to the songs. Lauren squealed and pointed out her brother. She was proud, too!

Jackson has been a natural performer since birth, and loves to sing and act out stories. But, he has also struggled with stage fright. There have been many times when he just lost it as he looked out into an audience or would refuse to get on stage altogether.

However, this night, he walked up confidently and smiled wide. He praised Jesus with all his might! The enthusiasm of the children was contagious as they shouted for their Savior:

T-E-L-L, I’m gonna tell!
Y-E-L-L, I’m gonna yell!

Everybody needs to know
Jesus loves them so

There is nothing that pleases me more than when I see my children connecting with God. My heart overflows when they grow in their understanding of His love and express their love back to Jesus.

God feels the same about you and me.

There is nothing God wants more than for us to be close with Him. He deeply desires for us to grow in His love and enjoy His gift of grace. He longs for us to talk with Him, to ask Him the hard questions, to share His words with others. He is the proud parent watching His children get on stage and sing.

When Jesus obeyed His Father and was baptized, God was so proud He could not keep silent. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove, and God spoke audibly to the crowd and to Jesus, “This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased!” This was the first time Jesus demonstrated to the people around Him how He would rescue them from the chains of sin and make a way for us to have a restored relationship with the Father, through His death, burial and resurrection. And, because of His obedience to God’s redemptive plan for mankind and submitting and pledging His very life for you and me, God loudly spoke His pleasure over His Son.

Today, I want to please my Savior. I submit my life to His plan, no matter where that leads. I want to hear Him say He is pleased with me. If that’s your prayer, too, I know we have work to do as we filter our lives through His forgiveness and faithfulness.

When we shift off-key and our voices falter, I will remember that God’s love never wains for His children. He loves us, not because of what we do or don’t do, but because we are His children.

And as I accept His love and He shapes my heart and life, I want to make Him proud.