Exploring the stable

Jackson and Lauren fill the stable as we read Luke chapter 2.

Jackson and Lauren fill the stable as we read Luke chapter 2.

Christmas Countdown Day 14 focused on the stable. Though Scripture doesn’t use the word “stable” to describe Jesus’ birthplace, it does say Jesus was placed in a manger after he was born, and there was no room for this young family at the local inn. Usually a manger would be found in a stable or barn. Today, we used our senses to explore the stable where Jesus was born. We imagined what we may have seen there, the sounds we would have heard, and what we might have smelled. While we read our Scripture passage in Luke chapter 2, the kids placed the figures in our small nativity and in doing so, placed themselves there too, experiencing what that night could have been like. We made stable ornaments, to help us remember where Jesus was born, and how God provided for them there in the stable.

Our stable ornament

Our stable ornament

Holding Baby Jesus tight

Lauren's Nativity

Lauren’s Nativity (notice baby Jesus in her hand)

Ever since we unpacked our nativity this morning, Lauren has been holding baby Jesus tight.

First, my three-year-old lovingly placed all the figures in the stable. As I came by to see her progress, I noticed a special addition Lauren had chosen for the scene: a small gift for baby Jesus that she laid beside the manger. Shortly after, baby Jesus disappeared from the stable. I found him safe and secure, tightly held by little fingers.

Lauren hasn’t let him go since.

As we begin the month of December and the Advent season, keep your focus on that stable scene, and the baby who was born to set you free.

Don’t let go of Jesus.

Giving gifts to Jesus

Giving gifts to Jesus