Journey to the Manger: Heavenly Hosts

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

The Heavenly hosts filled the skies today in our Journey to the Manger.

After one angel came forward to proclaim that Christ the Lord had been born, the darkness was overtaken with the armies of heaven praising God. Gloria in excelsis deo echoed across the fields, and for a moment, humanity was given a glimpse of pure worship.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

– Luke 2:13-14

The long-awaited Messiah had arrived, and the angels couldn’t contain their joy!

Heavenly Hosts

Heavenly Hosts

We finished our project we began on Day 5 of our Journey to the Manger, when we learned about the prophet Zechariah. We created angels with the toilet paper skirts, and added pipe cleaners for the bodies and wings, as well as bells, beads and sequins. Now, they are proudly displayed on our entertainment center to remind us of how the angels worshiped God at Christmas.

The angels understood the history altering significance of God made flesh, leaving heaven’s glory to be laid gently in a feeding trough. God loved mankind so much, He sent His own Son to save them.

The joy of Heaven coming to earth is what lit up the sky that night, and continues to light up our lives today. Jesus is absolutely worthy of our worship, our adoration and our praise!

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

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: Shepherds

Lauren cradles our baby Jesus in her arms, imagining what it might have been like for the shepherds to see the Messiah.

Lauren cradles our baby Jesus in her arms, imagining what it might have been like for the shepherds to see the Messiah the night he was born.

Today we ran to Bethlehem with the shepherds on our Journey to the Manger.

Shepherds

Shepherds

Once they got over the shock of being face-to-face with an angel, the shepherds soaked in the amazing message of hope and the chorus of praise echoing across the fields. The Savior, the Messiah, was in Bethlehem, just a few miles from where they were, wrapped up and cradled in a manger, of all places. God had chosen them, outcast shepherds, to herald His Son’s birth. What an amazing, unprecedented honor!

The shepherds proved their trust in God Almighty. They left their livelihood resting under the night’s sky, and high-tailed it across the open fields to see with their eyes what they already believed in their hearts.

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.

– Luke 2:15-16

The shepherds were committed. Who knows how long they looked for Jesus, but they kept searching until they found the One the angel announced. Tonight, we searched for the baby, too. We each took turns placing a doll somewhere in our great room, and then everyone else had to come search for it.

Faith must be followed by action. The shepherds believed, and then went to worship and then share the Good News with everyone they met. This Christmas, God wants His message of hope to move us to action. He is looking for those willing to relentlessly pursue Christ, no matter the cost.

Christmas isn’t to observe from a distance. Jesus came so we could personally experience His love, and feel His embrace.

Jackson holds the baby after searching for it in our game tonight.

Jackson holds the baby after searching for it in our game tonight.

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.