come before Him with joyful songs."
Next weekend, we begin our series in our Preschool programming on Christmas. Here excerpts from the Leader Preparation section in our curriculum:
The Christmas season is a time of joy and excitement. But it can also be a time of stress and busyness. . . . Take a moment to read Luke 2 and Matthew 1:18-25. Reflect on the extraordinary events of Jesus' birth while remembering the extraordinary love an purpose of Jesus' life. God chose ordinary people, Mary and Joseph, to be the parents of His extraordinary Son.
God also chose ordinary people, the shepherds, to proclaim His Son's extraordinary birth. . . . These ordinary men responded by going to meet Jesus and worshiping God for His birth. Their joy was so great that they went on to tell everyone they could find about this amazing news.
In light of this, how does it make your feel to know that although Jesus was God, He also lived an ordinary life on earth and understands what you experience? How do you respond to what God has done for you through Jesus? Do you share in the shepherds' reaction -- a heart of worship, praising God for the gift of His Son?
The story of Christmas is one of the ordinary being invaded by the extraordinary. God sent His Son to ordinary people in an ordinary world and through Him, God brought the extraordinary into their lives. As you share this lesson, look for ways that God can use someone ordinary, like you, to bring the extraordinary message of Jesus to the children in your class and to others.