Talk about a time when you have felt God’s love.
My Story and the Bible Story
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel loved by God. I grew up in the church, and I remember standing on top of the pew and sharing the hymnal with my mother. I knew without a doubt that God loved me. In fact, when I was a kid, I wrote these words in a Christmas card I made: “Don’t forget about Jesus!” I have known that God loves me for as long as I can remember, and the reason I know God loves me is something that happened over 2,000 years ago.
Read Luke 1:26-38.
God loved us enough to send Jesus as a baby to rescue us. God became human and came down to rescue us. God showed great love for us by being human, by feeling our joys and our hurts, by seeing and feeling pain, and finally by dying on the cross. When we told God no, God told us yes. Romans 5:8 reminds us that we were still sinners when Christ died for us. We were still stuck in bad behaviors and harmful thoughts, but when Christ died for us, God showed us that no matter what we do, God still loves us. Jesus was God’s great rescue plan.
Mary showed how much she loved God by trusting God. God was asking her to raise the Savior, and Mary showed her love by trusting that God knew what God was doing. When Jesus was born, Mary loved and cared for him. As we light the Advent candle of Love, we remember the great love God has for us and the love that Mary had for God and for Jesus. We celebrate God’s amazing love that came to us at Christmas. What better gift could we receive?
Discussion and Prayer
1. Ask your children about ways that they feel God’s love.
2. Talk about how you can share God’s love with others.
3. Pray, giving thanks for God’s amazing love. Ask for help in sharing it with others.
Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.