Read the context around these key verses when possible!
Have you ever felt too little? Too little to stay up late with the older kids? Too little to ride the exciting rides? Too little to….
Bethlehem was too little. Too little to be as important or significant as the big city. Or so it seemed. God has a way of taking what’s little and making it grand.
That’s what He did when He orchestrated all the events to lead Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem – the City of David – the city of promise – the city where the King would be born.
King Jesus was not born in the capital city of Jerusalem, or in a large city, or surrounded by fanfare. He was a different kind of King. Not a king who would bring pomp and circumstance, but a king who would bring peace. Peace between man and God.
Lighting the Candles
On the second Sunday of Advent, we light the Bethlehem Candle, also known as the Peace Candle. The Light that was born in a small stable, in a small town, on a dark night, brought the only true peace the world has even known.
Going Deeper With Teens/Preteens
Watch the Three Circles and discuss how you would share with someone who felt small and insignificant how they can have peace with God through Jesus. Download the free app HERE.
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
- O Little Town of Bethlehem #11
- Once in Royal David’s City #13
Experience Bethlehem – The Promised Land series
Have you ever felt small and unimportant? How does having Christ as your King change what seems so small to become grand?
Neighbors & Nations
We are blessed to be a blessing. Whether near or far, God’s heart is to make His name known so people from every nation will worship Him.
What can our family do today to make God’s name known?
Ideas for December 8
Handmade gifts take thought, time and talent. You can take small things and create something grand.
- Make a list of people you want to make handmade gifts for this year.
- Brainstorm your ideas, budget your time & supplies, and make a plan.
- Begin working on these gifts of love!
If you are using the Advent Prayer Chain, pray for the next link.
If you have the Seeing Jesus stickers, add the circle to today's banner and review the previous stickers.
Seeing Jesus, Advent Wall Sticker Set is a Christmas countdown that provides a visual reminder of each day’s focus to help us see and celebrate Jesus.