December 9th

Story

Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth, and is so overwhelmed with God’s goodness, she sings a song of praise.

Activity

Have a gift wrapping competition. Who can wrap the fastest?

Adult

The prophet Isaiah looked forward to the arrival of a future King, who would make a covenant of shalom with his people. His reign would right all wrongs and heal all brokenness.

Read

Isaiah 9:6-7

6  For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

 and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

 Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7  Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

 on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

 with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

 The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.




Reflect

  • What words or phrases stand out to you as you observe this passage?
  • Based on this passage, how does the Prince of Peace govern his Kingdom?
  • How can you help bring about God’s peaceful rule in the places where you have influence?