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Posted by on Dec 24, 2012 in Bible Stories, Our Life, Preparing for the Holidays, Series | 2 comments

Merry Christmas 2012

Today we are getting ready to celebrate baby Jesus’ birthday. I’m excited to share today with my little family and friends. Our activities will involve celebrating with food and a birthday cake for Jesus. I made a pumpkin spice trifle and after dinner we will let the kids dress up and act out the story of Jesus’ birth. I’m really looking forward to a Christmas full of the reason for the seaon: Jesus!

Before I close this post, I want to share with you a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This is one of my favorite children’s bible and I have enjoyed reading the bible stories to Little Buddy durning this Advent season. Sally does a beautiful job at setting the scene for kids (and adults) of the beautiful story of Jesus’ birth! Enjoy and friends, have a very Merry Christmas!

He’s Here – Luke 1-2

 

Nativity

Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last! God was coming to help his people, just as he promised in the beginning.

But how would he come? What would he be like? What would he do?

Mountains would have bowed down. Seas would have roared. Trees would have clapped their hands. but the earth held its breath. As silent as snow falling, he came in. And when no one was looking, in the darkness, he came.

There was a young girl who was engaged to a man named Joseph. (Joseph was the great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of King David.)

One morning, this girl was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared right there, in her bedroom. He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.

When she saw the tall shining man standing there, Mary was frightened.

“You don’t need to be scared,” Gabriel said. “God is very happy with you!”

Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.

“Mary,” Gabriel said, he laughed with such gladness that Mary’s eyes filled with sudden tears.

“Mary, you’re going to have a baby. A little boy. You will call him Jesus. He is God’s own son. He’s the One! He’s the Rescuer!

The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all – was making himself small. And coming down…as a baby.

Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world?

“But it’s too wonderful!” Mary said and felt her heart beating hard. “How can it be true?”

“Is there anything too wonderful for God?” Gabriel asked.

So Mary trusted God more then what her eyes could see. As she believed. “I am God’s servant,” she said. “Whatever God says, I will do.”

Sure enough it was just as the angels had said. Nine months later. Mary was almost ready to have her baby. Now Mary and Joseph had to take a trip to Bethlehem the town King DAvid was from. But when they reached the little town, they found every room was full. Every bed was taken.

“Go away!” the innkeepers told them. “There isn’t any place for you.”

Where would they stay? Soon Mary’s baby would come. They couldn’t find anywhere except an old, tumble down stable. So they stayed where the cows and the donkeys and the horses stayed.

And there in a stable, amongs the chickens and the donkeys and the  cows, in the quiet of the night, God gave the world his wonderful gift. The baby that would change the world was born. His baby son.

Mary and Joseph wrapped him up to keep him warm. They made a soft bed of straw and used the animals feeding trough as his cradle. And the gazed in wonder at God’s Great Gift, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.

Mary and Josheph named him Jesus, “Emmanuel” which means “God has come to live with us.” Because of course he had.

Excerpt from The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Merry Christmas!

What family and friend traditions and activities are you doing today? 

 

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