December devotion for families
The Light of the World
(Faithful Families for Advent & Christmas, by Traci Smith)
Read together as a family: John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Reflection: Once, I was in a very dark, deep cave where there was no sunlight at all. Unlike being in a room that is mostly dark, but with a tiny amount of light from stars or the sun or the moon, this cave was complete darkness. If I put my hand in front of my face, I could not even see it. Then, the cave guide lit a single match. Everything in the whole cave was visible and clear by the light of that one small light.
At Christmastime we remember that Jesus came to earth to bring light to the world. It says this in the book of John, chapter 1: “What has come into being in him (Jesus) was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:3b – 4). This verse reminds us that even in the darkest night, Jesus brings us the light we can use to see the rest of the world. The light of Jesus shines brightly when things are dark or difficult.
Talk about it: When have you been in a place when there wasn’t enough light to see? How did that feel? How did you feel when you made it to a place with light?
The First Christmas
As part of our Christmas 2020 several families recorded a portion of the Bible Account. Each is a little different but together they tell the account of that first Christmas! One section was recorded by the students at The Schoolhouse.