Thursday, December 8, 2011

Advent 2011: Be Ready!

Before you were born and even before Jesus mother, Mary was born, God knew that Jesus would be born.  He knew how Jesus would come and who His mother and Earthly father would be.  God knew all things, even what Jesus would be called.  God also knew that many people would not accept this Messiah.

Knowing that accepting Jesus would be difficult, God began preparing many years before the birth.  God sent prophets, gave people dreams and visions.  He sent messengers like the John the Baptist and the angels.  And, once Jesus was born, He continued to help us understand through Jesus preaching and miracles.  But, still many were not ready.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” Matthew 24:42-44

Jesus will come again.  Will you be ready?

Christmas Adventus Day 8:  Place craft sticks or popsicle sticks in the advent bag for Day 8. 
Tell your angels: 
“Today, we are going to do advent differently. Before we open today’s bag, we are going to prepare ourselves by playing a game. I will tell you an activity and I want you to bring me something that we might need if we were going to do that activity. Do you understand? Then, let’s begin:

What would we need to prepare if we were:
  • Going to the store?
  • Having a picnic?
  • Taking a nap?
  • Doing our homework?
  • Going to work?
  • Visiting Grandma/Grandpa?
  • Taking a jog?
  • Hosting a birthday party?
Great job! December 1st, we began preparing for something. Can you guess what it might be? (Christmas, Jesus birth) What have we done to prepare for Christmas? (wrap presents, sing carols, read our Bible, pray…many possible answers here)”
Read the beginning of today’s post aloud before opening Bag #8 on the advent calendar.  Once you have read that, continue with the craft for December 7th found on my Christmas Adventus 2011 page. Today, we will make a manger in preparation for Jesus coming.

For our other Advent activities, see "Christmas Adventus 2011: Celebrating Allergy-Free".

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