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Week 4 of Advent from John Lewis’ book, Finding the Treasure in Christmas: A Guide to celebrating Advent for Families —
Star - Angel - Top - Tree - Hang
Put up your star or angel at the top of your tree. Hang an angel ornament on your Christmas tree, mantel or shelf (If you have already put these up, point them out).
Read a suggested story from the New Guideposts’ Christmas Treasury, in Appendix II.
Watch - Rudolf - Theme - Rudolf - Acts
Watch: Rudolf (Theme: Rudolf ’s bright nose acts as a star to guide his team); A Christmas Carol (theme: the three spirits act as stars to guide Scrooge to the truth); Miracle on 34th Street (theme: it takes the gift of faith to see and believe); The Polar Express (theme: again, it takes the gift of faith to see and believe).
Light - Advent - Candle - Angel - Star
Light the fourth Advent candle, which is the “Angel” or “Star” candle. Read Matthew 2:1-11; Luke 2:8-16 as you do. Listen for how the star, scribes, and angels helped others find Jesus.
Magi - Time - People - Stars - Answers
The Magi lived in a time when people looked to the stars for answers. They trusted them enough to travel thousands of distant miles to following a star that came from the East. When they arrived in Israel, they did not know exactly where God’s divine gift would be found. They naturally first stopped and asked for help in Jerusalem, Israel’s prestigious and historic capital. The priests in Herod’s court shared with them the prophesied location where their King would appear: “in Bethlehem of Judea.”
These Eastern experts of the stars would have been shocked: Why would Jesus be found here in a little backwater town and not in the religious center of Jerusalem? Why would the ruler of the universe make His entry into their world as a poor baby boy? Yes, the Magi-like us all- would never have discovered Jesus on their...
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