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: A Slingshot–(To remind us that David established the Royal Line)
Scripture Reading: I Samuel 16:1,13; 17:1-9, 40, 45-50
Songs: Only a Boy Named David, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
God had decided that this young shepherd boy would someday grow up to be the king over the people of Israel. One day, this young shepherd boy heard that a giant – a powerful giant – named Goliath had come to fight God’s people, Israel. All the soldiers were afraid of Goliath. Goliath was a fierce fighter, bigger and stronger than the other men. David was not afraid. He knew that God’s spirit was with him, and he went out – not with a spear, not with a bow and arrows – but with a little slingshot, the same slingshot he probably used to chase off the wolves and lions and bears who tried to bother his sheep. David put a stone in that slingshot, hit Goliath right where he aimed, and killed that giant fighter.
Later, David became king because he obeyed God. He did sin, like all people. But while David sinned, he also told God he was sorry for his sin. In fact, he wrote songs about needing forgiveness. Some of those songs are now in our Bible, and are called Psalms! Through King David, Jesus was in the family line to be our King.
- Why were all the soldiers afraid of Goliath? (Because Goliath was so much larger and stronger than they were. Goliath had a reputation as a might warrior.)
- Why wasn’t David afraid? (David knew that God was with him.)
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the example of David. He went to battle when You said to do so, He repented when he was sinful, and he wrote beautiful Psalms in You Word. But even more than David the king, we thank you for our King – Jesus! Amen.
Looking forward to Christmas,