JULIE WELLS: Among the lights, parties and presents, make room for Jesus at Christmas

For the month of December, I have the privilege of teaching the little ones at City of David Covenant Church about the birth of our holy Savior.

We, the other teachers at the church, all rotate throughout the year and sign up to teach a month or two during the year. When I realized I was getting to teach for the month of December I was super excited.

The month of December holds so much excitement as it is, but being able to teach our future generation why we really celebrate Christmas in the first place is pure pleasure on my part.

No matter how many times I've read the Christmas story, it seems to me that I learn something new every time I read it. And this year I've been studying up and have broken the Christmas story down into four parts so we (the kids and I) can really study the birth of Jesus.

Although the kids may not fully understand the depth of Jesus being born in a manger right now, hopefully they will one day.

But for myself, it really hit home this year. Our King was born in the poorest of conditions. He was laid in a feeding trough, in which animals ate out of. It almost makes me cry thinking about it.

That sweet little baby, Jesus, would become our Savior. There was no room for Him, Mary and Joseph, so he would be born in the manger.

The kids and I talked about where baby Jesus was born that night and how there was no room for him, but how we needed to make sure that we always made room for Him -- no matter where we were.

It is a beautiful thing to watch kids faces when you talk about baby Jesus. Their little faces light up. Sometimes I feel as though they are getting more than they are letting on. I guess it is planting that seed in their spirits.

My encouragement to you this week is to remind you to make room for Jesus. Beyond all the pretty Christmas lights, parties and presents, make sure that you are recognizing and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.