December 15th

Story

The sky lights up — God has sent an angel to the shepherds to tell them the good news of Jesus’ birth.

Activity

Ask everyone to sign a family “Thank You” card to your mail carrier. Feel free to add a bottle of water and a $10 gift card for lunch!

Adult

On page one of the Bible, God says that this world is good, so naturally people find joy in the good things God has made. But the biblical story also shows how this world has been corrupted by our own selfishness and is now marked by death and loss. How can anyone experience joy amidst so much chaos and sorrow? In the midst of this tension, the Bible offers a unique perspective on joy. The joy of God’s people is sustained by God’s promises over their future destiny, not on their current circumstances. For example, when God rescued Israel from slavery, they shouted for joy even though they were still in the middle of the wilderness, far away from the land God promised to give to them.

Read

Psalm 105:42-43, Exodus 15:1-3

Psalm 105:42-43

42  For he remembered his holy promise,

and Abraham, his servant.

43  So he brought his people out with joy,

his chosen ones with singing.


Exodus 15:1-3

1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,

 “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;

the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.

2  The Lord is my strength and my song,

and he has become my salvation;

 this is my God, and I will praise him,

my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

3  The Lord is a man of war;

the Lord is his name.



Reflect

  • Which promises of God help you to rejoice today?
  • In response, write or sing a prayer to celebrate God’s promises to you.