One of the greatest plot twists in the Christmas story is the announcement of Jesus’ birth — because it was delivered to humble shepherds rather than to the powerful leaders of that time. In that era, being a shepherd meant you were a member of the lowest class in society. Shepherds were the poorest of the poor, and yet God sent his heavenly messengers to deliver the good news of Christ’s birth to them! Can you imagine the joy in their hearts as they realized the magnitude of this birth announcement?
That’s how our God of love models divine compassion — he extends mercy and love to the last, least and lost. In the same way, we need to remember the people around the world who have no food to eat, no clothes to wear and no place to call home. The poorest of the poor have a special place in the heart of God. Remind your children to keep all of God’s children in their prayers.
Light the pink candle this week. It is a symbol of rejoicing!
Scripture Meditations and Reflections:
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 • John 1:6-8; 19-28 • Psalm 3
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Christmas Cookies to Build Homes for the Needy
Our special Advent campaign is designed to raise money to build homes for Haitian families who currently live in small stick-and-mud huts with flimsy roofs made of rusted metal sheets.
Help children bake Christmas cookies and decorate them with icing. Hold a bake sale, and sell them for $1 each. Make sure you tell your customers why you’re raising money!
To donate the money raised by participating in activities from the Advent Activity Guide, submit your donation below:
Did you know that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere? 58.5% of people live below the poverty line.
CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Dear God, we pray for our brothers and sisters living in Haiti as they face many struggles. May you give them comfort and peace and provide for their daily needs of food, water and shelter. Nourish them with your love and protect them with your mighty hand. In your holy name we pray, Amen.
For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat.