Today we had an addition to our Tinsel time with Landon’s friend over at our house for day nine, which was on Joseph. We read Matthew 1:18-24 which is about when the angel tells Joseph to go ahead and marry Mary because she is carrying God’s son, Immanuel (God with us). We talked about how Joseph was a righteous man, that he loved God and did what He told him to do. The ebook expounds that God chose righteous parents for Jesus so they could be a good example to him. This led me to talk about the long line of believing parents back to David, since in the passage it mentions, “an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” The beginning of Matthew goes through the whole long list of righteous (and not so righteous) parents all the way back to Abraham. We went went through that long amazing list. Really what (or who I should say) is amazing is God, who planned for His son to come through His initial promise to Abraham. Even though some of the men listed in Jesus’ genealogy were not Godly men, it shows all the more how merciful and loving our God is. I told the boys that I was so thankful for the Godly parents that both Justin and I have, and that one day I hope that they are considered righteous parents by God.
Backing up, day eight’s clue was the word sun in our advent calendar. The reading was Luke 1: 57-80. This passage is about when Elizabeth has her baby John. I emphasized the part when Zechariah writes to the others, “His name is John,” when the people at church questioned Elizabeth’s decision to name him John since no one in the family had that name. We talked about how this showed that Zechariah believed and shows his obedience to God. This passage also describes how Jesus is the “Rising Sun to shine on those living in darkness” hence why we made a sun for this day’s activity. :)
Both crafts for each of these days were pretty easy. For the sun, you just needed black (I used the thicker craft type) paper and glitter foam (I bought some at Target in the craft section) to cut up into small triangles. The Joseph craft called for the same materials from the day that we did the Mary ornament. I love the picture of the three ornaments together from all three boys. Can you guess which one was Judah’s? I was so proud of him. He did it ALL by himself. :)