But we won't. I won't. It's basically now or never, because if the enemy can't tempt us to totally forsake God then he will tempt us with "busy-ness". The enemy wants us to celebrate Christmas like crazy but never slow down enough to contemplate the Messiah.
Thank you for slowing down with me!
This week's assignment:
1. Pray for God to show you at least one fresh thing about the story of John's and Jesus' births this week. Document that request in writing right on a page in your book.
2. Read Luke 1:57-79 and Matthew 1:18-25. When was Zechariah allowed to speak? What does Zechariah say God has come to do? Were these words spoken before or after Christ's birth? Note all that Joseph says in the Matthew passage.
3. Read Chapter 5 of The Women of Christmas, highlighting anything that jumps out at you.
4. Read Luke 2:1-20. This is the passage we have heard all our lives at Christmas! Are you ever tempted to let it go "in one ear and out the other" because it's so familiar? What Christmas carols do we sing that accurately portray the scene? Do you ever visualize it based on carols or nativity scenes instead of what scripture recounts? I realize this comes across as shameless mom bragging, but here's one song that I base my nativity visualizations on sometimes...anyone with me? And by the way, this is my oldest son's public school chamber chorale group Una Voce! Yes, I said public school...I almost shouted "AMEN" at the end!
5. Read Chapter 6 of The Women of a Christmas, and please tell me you learned something! Did reading Liz's well researched commentary give you any new insights? Any new questions?
Enjoy this week in The Word! Please comment on the blog so that the rest of us can learn too!
And by the way, I'm praying that you can't get the story out of your mind this week...even amidst the "busy-ness"! Merry Christmas!