December 11th

Story

Joseph brings Mary, who is pregnant, to his hometown of Bethlehem to be counted.

Activity

Gather your extra towels and blankets, and wash and dry them. Then, as a family, go together to donate them to an animal shelter.

Adult

Biblical history shows how humanity has chosen its own ways apart from God and suffered as a result. But God wants to be close to humanity, and he knows how painful it is to be separated from him, so he sent Jesus to make peace. Through Jesus, all things can be restored to harmony with God again.

Read

Colossians 1:19-23

19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Reflect

  • According to this passage, what did God want to do and how did he accomplish it through Jesus?
  • Consider all that Jesus suffered and overcame in order to make a way for humanity to be in God’s holy presence once again. Let your reflections prompt a prayer to express your feelings of awe and gratitude.