Jesus' birth announced to Mary, then to Joseph
Matthew 1:18-24 and Luke 2:26-38
It's that "most wonderful time of the year" again! For a few weeks, we hear, see and believe about Jesus' precious birth with no apologies! At least for the month of December. even those who do not believe in Him somewhat acknowledge Him by celebrating His birth. During the season, many people think more about others than they usually do and many hearts are more open to receiving others' love and kindness.
While the above is true, it is very hard to maintain these attitudes with all the shopping and the money and the cooking and cleaning and wrapping - and acknowledging that this is one more thing that will be different in 2020! So now might be the time to make our December a little simpler and re-promise ourselves to make this Christmas even more Christ-centered.
My heart is heavy when thinking about all the years I have promised myself that all these things are going to be different this year - and they are not! However, the most important thing we can count on for sure, without fail, is that our Heavenly Father keeps his promises. And aren't we glad?
Our December lessons will emphasize God's promises for the coming of the Savior to earth as a precious little baby and what that means to us, promises to Mary and Joseph, promises to the Shepherds, and promises to the Wise Men - and to the entire world!
You, parents, have done a sweet and wonderful job teaching your children about Him, day by day. They believe, they understand, and they are thirsty little beings who want more of Him!
Christmas can be a magical time as we continue to teach our darling children the long-loved lessons about Him.