Second Sunday of Advent: December 4th

Beulah Land: Daniel

…He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells within Him. Daniel 2:22b

Summary: Beulah Land will continue Old Testament character study until Christmas Sunday. This week’s story is one of faithful believers in exile. Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel live far from their land and people, yet they remain brave in their obedience to God. When their loyalty to God is questioned by arrogant rulers, they are sent to fiery and ravenous trials. Through them, the one true God reveals his power to deliver and rule. He also displays his presence with his people, even when they’re not in the promised land.You can find this in the book of Daniel, in particular chapters 3 and 6.

We will incorporate our Advent Spiral each week. It depicts a figure on a donkey coming closer to Bethlehem (the center) each week as we come closer to Christmas day. It looks like this:

This is from A Holy Experience. We use one very similar.
This is from A Holy Experience. We use one very similar.

Follow Up Questions: I wonder why Daniel’s friends would not bow down to the idol? I wonder how Daniel and his friends came to be so brave? I wonder how God can be everywhere with His people?

Additional Followup: Re-read the story at home. Wonder about how the people of God were able to be safe from the fire and lions.

Hymn of the Month: We are transitioning into a new hymn for December! We’ll be learning Friendly Beasts, which is on our Advent Hymn Sing rotation. Get ready to belt it out there on December 22nd! Check out THIS SITE to sing along.

Godly Play I & II: Advent: Mary and Joseph

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.    Isaiah 9:2

Summary: We are continuing to prepare for the Mystery of Christmas through Advent stories. Last week, the lesson focused on the prophets. This week’s lesson draws attention to Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem. The goal of taking time to concentrate on each present party is so that the kids can come as close as they can to the beauty of the Incarnation. We want them to consider every angle possible… and marvel at it!

Follow Up Questions: I wonder if you have ever been full of something wonderful? I wonder what Mary and Joseph were thinking about as they traveled to Bethlehem? I wonder what you think they talked about? I wonder what Mary and Joseph felt after walking and riding for so many miles? I wonder if you’ve ever had to wait a long time for something? I wonder what it means to be waiting for Jesus now…didn’t he already come?

Additional Follow Up: This might be a good time to read passages with your child from the Gospels about Jesus’s parents (the Annunciation, Mary visiting Elizabeth, Joseph stopped from divorcing Mary, etc). I think it could be interesting to show some famous artwork of these encounters to your child and see what your child notices from them.

Music: Don’t forget our beloved Rain for Roots’ Waiting Songs Album! Another great one for this time is Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb  (this concert will be in town this upcoming Friday, December 9th!)

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