I am so excited right now I can hardly contain myself!
A friend shared her idea for an advent project last night and it got me to thinking. We always do some type of advent calendar or reading plan or something, but this year I wanted to do something a little more intentional, a little more cohesive. So, as I was laying in bed last night, I'm convinced God led me down a creative path.
Please don't get it in your head that I am creative, at least not in the crafty way. I'm really not much for crafts these days. But I can NOT wait until I can go shopping tomorrow to buy the stuff for this little project.
Okay, so my friend's idea was to write the names of Jesus on ornaments and hang one ornament on a tree each day...I'm only slightly changing that...
I want my girls to realize that Jesus Christ--the Chistos, the Messiah, the Anointed One--is THE gift of Christmas. How to do that? Wrap HIM up!
I am going to wrap up the different names of Christ so that we can open one each day and remember that He is the gift. Wrapped up with the names will be Scriptures, and those Scriptures will explain how that particular attribute of Christ is a gift to us. For examples...
Read John 1:1-14
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh."
Then my man and I can discuss how this is a gift to us: Jesus is God's very own Word in the flesh, given to us so we can know God! (Okay, so it will take a little more than that for preschoolers, but that's the simplified explanation to give you the gist of the gift.)
FAITHFUL AND TRUE
Read Revelation 3:14, 19:11, Deuteronomy 31:6
"And I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True."
Discussion: Jesus will always be there for us; He will never leave us. And He will always be honest with us. He is truth, so He will always tell us the truth. And that is truly a gift in this world of untruth.
Twenty-five of those gifts (and so many more) wrapped up in One, waiting to be opened.
I can hardly wait.