During these December days of Advent, as you prepare for Christmas in so many different ways, I encourage you to include in those preparations, time for wonder and prayer.
Sit quietly and look at your Christmas tree. Draw a picture or write about how you feel when you see the tree and the lights and ornaments. Talk about your memories of Christmas with your family or write down your reflections. What is an especially happy memory you have? Is there anything that is especially hard about this day?
I wonder if Christmas is especially happy for God because it is the day he gave the world the gift of Jesus? I wonder if it is especially hard for God because Jesus died?
Talk to God—either with words or by sitting quietly and listening to what is in your heart. This is prayer.
Welcome to month four in our Learning Together Education Series.
For December, we are spending a little time with the story about Jesus’ birth. In the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, the story is called, “He’s here!” Listen to Aidan read the story and see what it is you notice as you listen. Write down a word or phrase or draw a picture and then spend a little time thinking about what that image brings to your mind from your own life today.
How do you feel when you hear the phrase, “I am God’s servant. Whatever God says, I will do.” Is there anything you feel God is calling you to do? What gets in the way? What helps you to serve?
Throughout this week, pray the following prayer when you are able.
Dear God who made the universe with just a word, thank you for coming down to the earth as a baby. Help me to see you in the vastness of the heavens and in the tiniest, most fragile beings. Teach me to adore you. Amen.