Grove Kids -December 4, 2022
The Big Give: Get wrapped up in Christmas
This Month’s Memory Verse:Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11, NIrV
This Month’s Virtue:
Christmas—Celebrating Jesus, God’s greatest gift
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Jesus Is | Promised Isaiah 9:6-7
We kick off December with an Old Testament prophecy found in Isaiah 9:6-7. The story of Christmas begins with promises that God made long before Jesus was born. God’s people had been waiting for hundreds of years for God to send the Savior. Many gave up hope, but God was still working in the background. The promises God made and fulfilled remind us that God’s plans are best!
I can trust God no matter what.
God always has a plan.
Sometimes it’s hard to stay hopeful in the middle of a tough situation. We want things to happen a certain way, and when they don’t, we can become discouraged. Thankfully, when we look through the Bible, we can see that God has always been at work. When we remember that God faithfully kept promises in the past, we can find hope because God will continue to be with us through whatever we face.
Message to Parents
When I was young my family called my little sister, my twin sister, and me, “the little ones”. We were the younger bunch of the six children at home. In my pre-teen years, my sisters called me Lioness (I went through a phase of not combing my hair), Wally (probably because it rhymed with Holly), and Willy Wonka (I don’t even understand how that one morphed into existence). As I got older my closer friends called me by both my first and middle name, Holly Jo. Hmmm…something in me felt more hillbilly than I liked. The truth was I was glad to have a sweeter nickname than some other people I had known. Nicknames don’t always suit our better side, and they sometimes don’t show grace either. I know one “being” who had some pretty amazing nicknames you and I will never measure up to. I mean, no one will ever call me Princess of Princesses, or Mighty One. Certainly not Savior! No. There is only ONE worthy of such names. Our King of Kings! He is the Way Maker. He is The Mighty One! The Way. The Truth. Bread of Life. Holy One! I can go on and on, but He is Jesus! You might wonder, what’s in the name anyway? Well, in this season of gift-giving, being nicer to someone in line, and decorating with twinkling lights, there are many of us who need to cling to such names as Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Wonderful Counselor. He lives up to His name(s) more than anyone I know. My nicknames might change but Jesus’ stay the same. My actions or good deeds may earn a good nickname from time to time, but I can’t be consistent with them. Jesus is! He will always be our Redeemer, Holy One, Prince of Peace! I hope in this season, wherever you find yourself that you cling to the consistent hope Jesus brings. -Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11-
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