During Advent, we celebrate each week’s light with an Evening Light Event. We began this tradition two years ago and look forward to continuing it throughout the yearsâ€¦
Our Light is Ready…
The first Sunday of Advent, we light the Christmas tree and house. The second Sunday, we light the chiminea outside, look up at the stars, and enjoy cups of hot cocoa. On the third Sunday, we light a fire in the fireplace and wrap presents or sing Christmas carols. On the fourth Sunday, we light candles at the dinner table and enjoy a special meal together.
Join us with The Book of Common Prayer Advent readings!
Anticipating Jesus’ Return…
We also will teach our children to anticipate Jesusâ€™ return by describing what Jesus looks like according to Johnâ€™s Revelation: white hair, fire in his eyes, gold feet.
We sing these verses to a simple tune that I concocted: â€œJesus is riding a white horse! Jesus is riding a white horse! Jesus is riding a white horse; a white, white horse!â€ (The other verses: â€œJesusâ€™ hair is whiteâ€¦ white like woolâ€, â€œJesusâ€™ eyes are like fireâ€¦ like refining fire.â€ â€œJesusâ€™ feet are goldâ€¦ pure, pure gold.â€ etc.)
Weâ€™ve also taught Vivienne that Jesus will appear in the sky and that we are to look for him! I distinctly remember one afternoon when V could barely speak, she toddled by the front window, pointing to the sky, and said, â€œJesus is coming! Very soon!â€ (A moment like that – when a child seems to know a secret larger than the universe can hold – sticks with a mother forever.)
“… in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.â€ Revelation 1: 10 – 18
Singing with all our might…
Teachable Tuesday is designed to share teaching ideas that specifically connect a child’s heart with God’s. What are you teaching this week?