December 5th

Story

Gabriel tells Mary the special news: She will have a baby boy, and the baby will be named Jesus.

Activity

Clean out the toy bins, closets, and drawers. Donate items to a local shelter or thrift store.

Adult

The good news reveals that Jesus’ spirit can actually live within humanity and enable them to experience the magnitude of God’s presence. The apostle Paul called this mystery, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Read

Colossians 1:25-29

25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Reflect

  • What words or phrases stand out to you as you observe this passage?
  • Ponder the mystery that Jesus’ spirit can live within people who trust in him. As you think on this, turn your questions, wonder, and amazement into a prayer to God.