Happy Dec. 11th
Keeping Christ in Christmas in bits and pieces:
A tune to hum today:
“Formed in each believing heart…”
Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Felix Mendelssohn 1840
is the best Christmas Word!
believe: accept, have faith in the existence of, have confidence in, have trust in.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…behold, there came wise men from the east…saying where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary, his mother, and fell down and worshipped him… Matt. 2: 1,2,11
I have learned that belief is the first step to faith.
Faith is acting on belief.
I want to believe that he was the Light of the World!
I want to believe that he smiles down on us!
I want to believe that he wants us to come to Him!
I want to believe that He and his angels are watching over us and supporting us!
I want to believe that he has sent the Holy Ghost to whisper TRUTH to us!
I want to believe that he wants us to feel peace!
I want to believe that He is the “good news” which makes our lives brighter!
I want to believe that He wants us to be a witness of these beliefs!
Application: Light a candle at the dinner table tonight for atmosphere and talk about the 3 wise men. Do you think they would have taken such a long journey to an unknown place, looking for someone they did not know if they did not believe? They believed so much that they choose and packed expensive gifts. They traveled a long distance. They stopped in to visit another king to ask directions. They saw a star, and it led them to the place that they were supposed to go. They were chosen as witnesses of the baby Jesus.
GAME: Hide the Wiseman. Someone in your family take one of the wise men from your nativity and hide it someplace in your home. The rest of the family can try to find it by clues. The one who finds it will get to be the hider for the next evening… You can continue the game throughout the season by placing him in different spots. On the last day of Christmas he can finally find the baby Jesus in the manger…