We’ve been singing Christmas music since the beginning of October here at Main Street Preschool. Our Christmas Program is a big event at our school. It has been a running joke that if you need a pick-me-up on Mondays or Tuesdays, drop by the 2-Year-Old Class during music and watch them “Jump for Jesus.” The raw, unbridled enthusiasm with which they sing this song is unmatched.
But my favorite part of the music lesson is when Kathy Ray gets out her soft, cloth nativity with matching book to read the Christmas narrative. Each child is given a character from the story, which they tenderly hold until that character appears during the reading of this most precious of tales. They practice the story over and over again.
What does it mean for us as followers of Jesus to practice the story of the incarnation of Christ?
Just as “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us,” we are very much among our students each day. We are learning them. We learn their hopes and dreams. We learn their likes and dislikes. We know their third favorite color and their favorite superheroes. It is our business to learn everything we can about our students and what they need from us before we can teach them well.
I think this sets us apart at MSP. Our students are our friends and partners in the learning process. Teaching is serious business for us. When parents come for a tour they won’t hear our test scores quoted, or loads of statistics about advanced placement of our students. But they will hear children laughing as they learn to love to learn. If we can make them love learning, we feel like we have not only “done our job” but completed our mission.
But to complete our mission, we believe we need to daily practice incarnation by knowing them and being among them, showing them the love of Christ.
As I write this, it is only November and we’ve more than a month of practices yet to come. So, we will continue to practice the incarnation of Christ. Whether retelling a simple story, changing a diaper, wiping a nose, or comforting a child who misses their mommy or daddy, we’ll practice incarnation and act as the person of Jesus in the lives of our Main Street families.
Let heaven and nature sing.