The ONE THING for today

Christmas in the “Mother tongue”

Today’s blog comes from my wife Sonja and comes from her Homebuilder’s devotional that she sends to her class each week.  I found it very touching and thought I’d share it with you; well worth the reading…


Several years ago, (before the grandbabies began occupying my time), I volunteered at the Adult Day Care.  I would play the piano, sing and sometimes read to the clients.  On one of my visits I met a little lady from Germany who was struggling with dementia.  She had forgotten how to speak most of the English she had learned.  Although I seldom use my classical vocal training, that day it came in handy.  I began to sing Silent Night (Stille Nacht) in German.  Her eyes lit up, she smiled at me and began to sing with me in her mother tongue.  The fog of dementia lifted as she sang with me about the birth of our Savior.

Because of Adam and Eve’s transgression, mankind forgot how to communicate with the Father.  The “mother tongue” was lost.  But…“when the time had fully come, God sent His Son…” (Gal. 4:4).

“The dawn of redeeming grace” brought us the ability to reconnect with our Creator…  To be rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into marvelous Light…  To once again speak the language of Love…

The language where “holy, holy, holy” is more important than “ho, ho, ho”…

The dialect that focuses on His presence more than how many presents are under the tree…

Where “peace that passes understanding” is desired more than another piece of pumpkin pie!

When we begin to speak this language our eyes will light up and the smile on our face will reflect the joy within.   As my little German friend would say, “Wunderbar!”


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