Friday, December 20, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

Last Friday, our family ministry team at church hosted the Christmas Express.  Over 50 kids participated, and each one received a ticket in the mail ahead of time.  When they came to church, there were treats to enjoy and some simple activities to do together.

When it was time for their bus ride, the bus driver punched their ticket, and then they drove around looking at Christmas lights in the area.  At one stop, Santa and two of his helpers came out to visit the kids, and at the end of the ride the kids received a bell to remember their experience.

The whole night went off without a hitch, except for the fact that our church bus windows all frosted over.  Parents on the ride got out their credit cards and tried to keep the windows clear as best they could, but due to the cold weather that night, there wasn't much they could do.  Thankfully, the kids didn't seem to mind.  

Perhaps it's because of this experience, that when I came across the following devotion, it seemed to be a perfect fit for this time of year.  This Circle devotion came from a collection of devotions called Symbols That Tell the Story: Devotions for Advent.  This is a simple devotion you can do with your family, big or small, old or young.

A Circle
Is it cold this morning?  Trace a circle in the steam in your window.  When you're finished, you can't see where you started or ended, can you?  A circle is a symbol for things that have no beginning or end, and when you think about God, you can make a list of those things.  God is never ending, and God's love for us never ends, either.  

God comforts us and gives us hope eternally, God promises to be with us always, and then at the end of our life on earth, God gives us life with him that never ends as well.  What a wonderful gift.

Prayer: God, thank you for your love that never ends.  Continue to lead us according to your will, and help us be a source of comfort and light to others, in Jesus' name.  Amen.

If you haven't yet, consider making a paper chain for your Christmas tree today.  Think about all those circles!

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