Christmas Countdown Day 11 focused on the name of Jesus. As Joseph slept, an angel spoke to his heart. Joseph was introduced to the name he would give his adopted son: Jesus. That beautiful name means “to save”, and the angel told Joseph that Jesus would save us from our sins. The Gospel writer Matthew follows up this dream by referencing the prophet Isaiah, who called the Messiah the name Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” Our ornament today was made out of the name of Jesus. As we talked together as a family, we thanked Jesus for coming to be with us and save us!
Christmas Countdown Day 10 focused on dreams. When Joseph, a righteous man, didn’t know what to do about his pregnant fiance, an angel met him in a dream to give him counsel. He received the encouragement and direction he needed while he was asleep. And when he woke up, he didn’t sit around and ponder its meaning. Joseph got up and obeyed. He had heard the Lord’s command, and the name he was to give his adopted son, and he determined to follow. To help us remember Joseph’s dream, the kids sewed together pillow ornaments. Then we got out pillows and blankets, and Jackson and Lauren pretended to dream while I read again what the angel said. Finally we prayed and asked God to help us to listen and obey right away like Joseph.