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This is the fifth Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active,
object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true
reason for the season! Each day
snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social
Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of
Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
I love the light from candles; the flame seems to dance and almost come alive! This little candle is special because a dear friend gave it to me one Christmas; therefore it earned to become a photo for my Christmas devotion countdown.
Have you ever thought about how
the tiniest of lights can dispel any darkness, but darkness can never extinguish
the tiniest of lights? Light is
powerful! It exposes what may
otherwise stay hidden.
The first chapter of the Gospel according to John is one of my favorites...so much so that I have worked myself silly memorizing the first fourteen verses!
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (overcome) it." John 1:1-5
Jesus came as the Light into the world. Yes, He came to expose sin, but He also came to expose Truth. God does not wish for us to walk around stumbling through the darkness; He gave us the Light (Jesus) to follow.
This Christmas devotion also reminds us that it is in the light that we experience all the wonder of God!
One of the most amazing wonders
that light reveals is COLOR! Can
you imagine a world with no color?!
Can you imagine Christmas with no color?! God places tiny little cones in our eyes that interact with
the presence of light to cause us to see the colors of the rainbow all around
God desires for us to not only see the beauty of His
creation, but for it to be defined by colors and shades. Now that I am
getting older, it seems I need even more light to help my eyes see
clearly words on a page or recognize the faces of people when it's dark
or see objects on the road up ahead.
In the same way, God's desires for us to draw close to Him and allow His Light to enable us to see His Truth and not be fooled by the distorted twisted truth Satan desires for us to see. Jesus is the Light; He is also the Truth. As light clarifies what our eyes see, so Jesus clarifies the Truth of Who God is.
As you notice all the Christmas lights this season, let them remind you of our Amazing God and His love for us! He loves us so much He came into the world as Light and Life, and with Jesus in our lives, we can shine His Light to others this Christmas season and throughout this New Year!
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Philippians 2:14-16 “Do everything without complaining or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe 16 as you hold out the word of life--in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”
These hands-on ideas will add an extra dimension to use with children either in a family Christmas devotion or home-school setting or in a group setting at church.
Shine your light
Have a fun Bible drill looking up Scriptures about light. Give each
person a flashlight and when they find the correct Bible verse they are
to turn their light on and then read the verse out loud. If you have
several people, an inexpensive idea is to use the small artificial
candle votives from a Dollar Store.
This is a fun game that is played in the dark. Give one person a flashlight. Everyone is to run and hide, then another person is designated to yell "Shine your light!" The person with the light turns it on and all the others try to locate them and run to them as quickly as they can. The last one to reach them is the light bearer the next round. Talk about how Jesus said He is the light of the world; we are to run to Him and draw close to Him.
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