I found this Advent e-book that is perfect! Age appropriate (preschool to early elementary) and engaging with daily crafts and Bible readings. So, this year our advent calendar is stuffed with a word, a clue to be found in Scripture. It's like a scavenger hunt to engage little ears as the Christmas story is played out over 24 days. After the reading and finding the clue word in the Word, shouting "The Christ child is coming!" 24 different ways, they use their hands so their heart can grip the Truth and take hold of the promise.
We are 7 days closer to to laying the Babe in the manger! Each of these 7 days has held anticipation and excitement. My kids can't wait to open the next door, find the next clue, see how much closer we are getting to the stable. On Day 1, our stable was empty. But with each passing day, we get closer to filling it. Day 5 gave us Mary. And as we placed Mary in our own empty barn here at home, I noticed how much more real it became to them... connections are being made. I'll never really know the extent. All I can do is trust the God who is leading me to teach them, intentionally. The same God who promises His word does not return void.
My kids hearts aren't the only ones gripping Truth and taking hold. The Scripture and clue words have caused me to ponder this miracle with the Giver...again. Here is a snapshot of where our hearts have traveled these last 7 days...
Day 1: Isaiah 9:2-7, CANDLE
The promise, part one. The Light of the world is coming. In it there is no darkness. There is only joy, unending joy.
The promise, part two. A perfect king will grow from the barn of humility to reign justly with righteousness, eternally.