The Birth of Jesus Christ
Hey, Grace’rs,

After plowing through some tough Old Testament chapters we’re going to reset the grace plate with a FAITH5 Advent Experience.

Every night before you go to bed, get together with the people in your household, or spend time alone, and work through the FAITH5 experience:

Share one high and one low from the day.

Read the following each night this week and let the story sink into your heart, soul, mind, and imagination.

The Birth of Jesus Christ
18  The mother of Jesus Christ was Mary. And this is how the birth of Jesus came about. Mary was engaged to marry Joseph. But before they married, she learned that she was going to have a baby. She was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit.  19  Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to disgrace her in public, so he planned to divorce her secretly.

20  While Joseph thought about this, an angel of the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife. The baby in her is from the Holy Spirit.  21  She will give birth to a son. You will name the son Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins.”

22  All this happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord had said through the prophet:  23  “The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and they will name him Immanuel.” This name means “God is with us.”

24  When Joseph woke up, he did what the Lord’s angel had told him to do. Joseph married Mary.  25  But he did not have intimate relations with her until she gave birth to the son. And Joseph named the son Jesus.

Talk About the passage. You might focus on one verse a night. Or maybe you imagine being Mary and/or Joseph and talk about how you would feel if you were either of them. Ask questions. Memorize vs. 21.

Pray for each other.

Bless each other by marking one another with the sign of the cross as you say, “The Lord bless you and keep you.”
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