Journey to the Manger: Elizabeth

We played a game called Christmas Joy that emphasized what is most important to celebrate this time of year.

We played a game called Christmas Joy that emphasized what is most important to celebrate this time of year.

On our Journey to the Manger today, we met Elizabeth.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

After waiting so many years, God poured out His richest blessings upon Elizabeth, when He miraculously allowed her to conceive a son in her old age. Though her husband had suddenly lost his voice, she could hardly keep quiet with the praise overflowing her heart!

Elizabeth’s joy was a source of encouragement to her younger cousin, Mary. When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and revealed God’s miraculous plan, the angel encouraged her with news of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Nothing is impossible for God!

Mary’s belief in the Angel’s message spurred an impromptu visit to her cousin Elizabeth. And, when Elizabeth heard her young relative’s voice, the Holy Spirit spoke through her:

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.

– Luke 1:42b-45

Elizabeth’s joy was contagious! Her praises rang through the house, as she thanked her Lord God for the amazing grace extended to her and to her cousin. Elizabeth’s greeting gave Mary the opportunity to sing of God’s greatness and power, to rejoice in her Father and express her trust in His plan.

Today we played a game called Christmas Joy (printable can be found here). As those who have been transformed by Jesus, our joy should be evident, just as Elizabeth’s was! This Christmas, let’s spread the joy that our God has come to give us new life.

 

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Journey to the Manger: Angel Gabriel

Jackson tells the story of God's great love with the Nativity scene he made today. Most of his retelling was word-for-word from Scripture. This story has been imprinted on his heart!

Jackson tells the story of God’s great love with the Nativity scene he made today. Most of his retelling was word-for-word from Scripture. God has imprinted this story on his heart!

Today we listened to the Angel Gabriel’s message of joy on our Journey to the Manger.

Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel

God sent Gabriel with a message for Zechariah and for Mary. The Angel gave each a miraculous birth announcement. Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth would have a baby when she was past child-bearing years. Mary would be blessed with a supernatural conception, though she was a virgin, and carry the Son of God. These messages were incredible, humbling, extraordinary and overwhelming. Gabriel delivered each with boldness and grace.

Gabriel carried good news! Knowing that his arrival would startle both, he met the old priest and young girl with words of kindness—”Do not be afraid.” He offered encouragement and instruction. He extended hope. Read his messages in Luke Chapter 1.

Today, the kids and I made our own nativity sets (find the template here). We colored and cut and practiced sharing the amazing story of Jesus coming here to show us what love is. Then, we prayed for God to show us people who need to know God’s great love for them this Christmas.

We are God’s messengers, too! We can proclaim the Good News to our families, neighbors and friends. We can speak of Jesus, offering His kindness, encouragement and hope. We must listen to God’s voice, and be ready to proclaim God’s love and truth as the Holy Spirit leads.

The world needs God’s message of hope. Share it this Christmas!

The kids loved making their own nativities.

The kids loved making their own nativities.

 

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.