This year Silent Night turns 200 years old. In the weeks leading to Christmas (Advent) we are using the carol to reflect on what it means to wait for Christ to come into the world.
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.-Luke 21:29-33
Advent (the weeks leading up to Christmas) reminds us that the Kingdom of God is near; the promise of God to set the world right both has been and will be fulfilled. Around us, we may see great strife and fearful signs in the world, but we are not shaken. The people of God possess a peace that passes understanding. A peace grounded, not in the security of the world, but in the righteousness of God. We can be peace, even in the darkest times, because we know the day of the Lord is at hand.
This week, use these resources to grow in your faith, or with your family. Scriptures and activities in bold are from DPUMC’s Advent Family Devotion.
On your own: Make a list of all the things that trouble you right now in the world. As you add each item, try not to dwell on blame or anxiety, but offer it to God and ask for wisdom.
With children: Build a manger. You can use Popsicle sticks or other materials (for DPUMC Joel has kits available). Leave it empty for now. Over the coming weeks, you will add to the scene.
Youth and Adults: Recall a time from your childhood when you traveled to see family. What was the journey like? Where did you stay? What was it like to stay in a strange place? With Children: Ask your child(ren) to remember a time they traveled: Can you remember us spending the night somewhere else? Where were we? What was it like to stay there? How did you feel about coming home? How might Mary and Joseph have felt in a strange city. What do you think it was like sleeping in the stable? Who is like Mary and Joseph today?
And Pray:Dear Lord, Thank you for our family and our home. Thank you for this season of Advent so that we can wait for you together, amen.
Go Share:Find a modern story that reflects Mary and Joseph’s journey and share it with your thoughts on our facebook or twitter (@dpumc) Share the peace of Christ by setting aside a portion of your Christmas budget for charities that work with children and refugees.
Silent night, holy night/ All is calm, all is bright/ Round yon Virgin Mother and Child/ Holy Infant so tender and mild/ Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent Night v1