This Advent, our entire parish is diving deeply into the story of Jesus’ birth, including all of the stories around Jesus’ birth from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. I am in the process of writing a daily devotion for the entire parish, which is gathered weekly into our “The Story of the Birth of Jesus from Beginning to End” flip book. The resource is written toward my confirmation students, who are in fifth-eighth grade, but each day has elements that can be appreciated by younger children and adults, as well.
In our house, we have decided to make it a daily time at supper. After our meal prayer and while the food is being served, our second grader reads the Bible verses and the questions for the day and shows us the picture. As we eat, each of us has the opportunity to answer the questions for the day at our own level (I sometimes have to rephrase them for our four-year-olds). Before everyone leaves the table, one of the children leads us in the prayer for the day repeat-after-me style (I whisper it into the ears of the ones who can’t yet read).
We are only a few days into the devotion, but I am encouraged by how interested they are in it. We will be talking about it at church, as well, and given opportunities to decorate it each week as we wish.
If you and your family would like to use this resource, you can find it at https://goodgodideas.wordpress.com/category/jesusbirthatoz/
New devotions will be available each week until January 21, so check back often. I hope that this season is meaningful for you and your family!