Advent Week Four: Peace

The final week of Advent begins on December 23rd followed by Christmas two days later. At the end of this blog, I’ve included a small idea for the Christ candle which should be lit on either Christmas Eve or Day. If you haven’t had the opportunity to follow any of the other week’s Advent projects, I encourage you to incorporate the lighting of the Christ candle in your Christmas traditions.

Activity:

What brings more peace than snuggling under a blanket, all nice, warm, and secure? That’s why I chose this activity from A Girl and a Glue Gun to create a fleece blanket. She offers four different methods, making it easy to select a style that meets your child’s level of craftiness and fine motor skills.

https://www.agirlandagluegun.com/2015/10/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-making-fleece-blankets.html

That said, it probably won’t happen for us. We’re traveling to stay with grandparents for the holiday. An involved project like this one would be difficult. I’m hoping we can do it at some point this winter.

Discussion:

You: Have you ever disobeyed? What emotions did you feel?

Kids: Answers will vary. Try to lead them to the feelings of worry or fear from getting caught.

You: What could happen if you disobeyed about something big like playing with the stove?

Kids: They should equate things like getting hurt or damaging property.

You: Disobeying could lead to all kinds of bad feelings and consequences. What if you didn’t disobey? What if you behaved all day long? Would you feel nervous, would you get hurt, would you break things?

Kids: If they are like my kids, they will bring up the super rare exception…

You: Accidents happen from time to time, but for the most part life is better when you obey. There’s no fear or worry or pain. That’s called Peace. It’s that feeling when everything is calm and safe and secure. Do you remember week one when we talked about the prophets from the Old Testament?

Kids: Answers will vary.

You: Isaiah prophesied about Jesus 700 years before He was born. Isaiah called Christ “The Prince of Peace.” How does Jesus bring us peace?

Kids: Answers will vary.

You: For one, we have eternal peace. Through Jesus, we know that we will be safe and secure with Him in heaven. And two, we can have peace here on Earth. In the same way that you have peace when you obey, you will have peace when you follow God’s commands. What are some of those commands?

Kids: Answers will vary.

You: Some of those commands are “Do not steal and do not lie.” What would happen if you did those things?

Kids: Answers will vary. They may even get extreme like you’ll go to jail. Let them follow the thought to its conclusion.

You: None of those things sound peaceful. If you don’t steal or lie, none of those consequences occur. We have peace if we do what God says, but how do we know what God wants us to do?

Kids: Answers will vary.

You: The Bible tells us God’s commands, and we can hear God through prayer. So, life is better when we listen to God and do what He says.

Light the Hope, Love, and Joy candles.

You: What do these candles represent?

Kids: Hope, love, and joy.

You: Yes, the hope, love, and joy we have in Christ.

Light the last purple candle.

You: This candle represents the peace we have when we follow God’s word, and the everlasting peace we have through Christ.

Scripture:

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.” Isaiah 54:13

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord for the peace we have when we walk in your way and peace we have through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Amen

 

Christ Candle

Light on Christmas Eve or Day.

Activity:

Have various members of the family take turns reading the scriptures as the candles are lit.

  • Light the Hope candle as Luke 2:1-5 are read aloud.
  • Light the Love candle as Luke 2:6,7 are read aloud.
  • Light the Joy candle as Luke 2:8-14 are read aloud.
  • Light the Peace candle as the remainder of the selection is read aloud.
  • Light the white Christ candle.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20

Prayer:

Thank you, Father, for the birth of your son Jesus our hope, love, joy, and peace. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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