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.

Journey to the Manger: Angel

Lauren and I dressed up as angels

Lauren and I dressed up as angels

We heard good news from an angel today on our Journey to the Manger!

Angel

Angel

All was quiet across the countryside. Lights flickering from the fire had long since dimmed, and the shepherds watched over their flocks resting after a long day. It was a night just like every other night.

And then, an angel of the Lord appeared. The darkness disappeared as the glory of the Lord shone around the shepherds and their sheep. They were stunned, shaken from sleep, and terrified.

God had chosen one angel to step forward in the fields to rouse the shepherds and make the most amazing baby announcement in all history.

Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.

– Luke 2:10-12

Today we dressed up as angels to proclaim good news of great joy! We donned tinsel halos, white T-shirts and yellow tie belts for costumes, and gave each other “thumbs up” to share our good news.

God is looking for people willing to introduce others to the Savior of the world, to announce that Jesus is here and waiting to meet them. Who can we share this Good News with this Christmas?

Angel Lauren gives two thumbs-up to share her good news!

Angel Lauren gives two thumbs-up to share her good news!

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.