"1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. " John 1:1-5, NIV
Our story Christmas story does not begin with Jesus birth or even with His conception. The Christmas story begins with God and his plan for us. John tells us that "the Word", Jesus, was with Him from the beginning and that "all things were made" through Him. So it is only fitting that we begin our story "In the Beginning", too.
Christmas Adventus Day 4: In bag #4 on our advent calendar, I placed a card with the word "Genesis" written on it and a very tiny flashlight. If you have a small Bible with the Old Testament, you could put that in the bag or you could print out Genesis Chapter 1. After your angels open today's bag, have them find Genesis Chapter 1. Now, sit in the darkest place that you can find and turn off the lights. Tell your angels that you are going to read a story and you want them to listen for what God made each day. While you are sitting in the dark, recite (you'll have to do this from memory for full impact) Genesis 1:1-2. In verse 3, when you say, "Let there be light," turn on your flashlight. Finish reading Genesis Chapter 1. When you are done, see how much your angels can remember:
- What did God make on Day 1? Day 2? 3? Days 4-6?
- When God had finished his work each day, what did He say?
- What job did God give us in the beginning?
For our other Advent activities, see "Christmas Adventus 2011: Celebrating Allergy-Free".