Each day consists of a short Scripture reading & devotion to discuss, a downloadble ornament for the kids to color and hang - either on your tree or on a garland somewhere - and a few songs to choose from. Many of the songs can be found in hymnals, if you play a musical instrument, but they can also be found on YouTube or Godvine - and it's fun to sing along! Finally, a prayer closes out this 5 minute time. This is a great start towards helping your children grasp the basic outline of the Greatest Book of all.
Ornament: Bethlehem town silhouette and a star (To remind us of the town of Jesus' birth!
Scripture Reading: Micah 5:2-4; Luke 2:4-7
Songs: O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come All Ye Faithful
In the Bible, one of the prophets of God said, “Bethlehem…you might not be an important town in the nation of Judah, but out of you will come for me a ruler over Israel. His family line goes back to the early years of your nation.” God had chosen Bethlehem to be the special place where the Savior would be born.
Even though Bethlehem didn’t seem like an important place, this is where the Savior would be born! Now it is a town name that everyone knows! God can take even the smallest town, or the smallest person, and use them as part of His great plan!
Of course, you know that when the time came, Mary & Joseph had to go back to Bethlehem, back to Joseph’s family town, to be counted for a census. Jesus our King was born in a stable in little Bethlehem, and the world rejoiced! But for hundreds of years, people just waited – and watched Bethlehem!
Never think you are too small to be used by God! Remember Bethlehem, the little town that became the most important birthplace ever!
- Where was Jesus born?
- Can God use small things? How about small people?
Prayer: Dear Lord, I am happy that you used a seemingly small insignificant town to be the birthplace of Your Son! The coming of the King took place in a manger, not a palace. That helps me know I can be important to You as well. Please use me to do important work in your kingdom too, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Looking forward to Christmas,