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Today's Truth in the Tinsel.craft was a jingle bell angel, but we didn't have any jingle bells. We did have some pressed rose petals, so we used them instead.
The The Jesus Storybook Bible has a really beautiful section detailing the Christmas story. (If you are looking for a good kid-friendly Bible--I think this one is great for ages 4 and up. We got it when Juliet was 3 and it was a little over her head. Now, she loves it.)
Here's the section about the angel's visit to Mary:
One morning, [Mary] was minding her own business when, suddenly, a great warrior of light appeared--right there, in her bedroom. He was Gabriel and he was an angel, a special messenger from heaven.
When she saw the tall shining man standing there, Mary was frightened.
"You don't need to be scared," Gabriel said. "God is very happy with you!"
Mary looked around to see if perhaps he was talking to someone else.
"Mary," Gabriel said, and he laughed with such gladness that Mary's eyes filled with sudden tears.
"Mary, you're going to have a baby. A little boy. You will call him Jesus. He is God's own Son. He's the One! He's the Rescuer!"
The God who flung planets into space and kept them whirling around and around, the God who made the universe with just a word, the one who could do anything at all--was making himself small. And coming down....as a baby.
Wait. God was sending a baby to rescue the world?
"But it's too wonderful!" Mary said and felt her heart beating hard. "How can it be true?"
"Is anything to wonderful for God?" Gabriel asked.
So Mary trusted God more than what her eyes could see. And she believed. "I am God's servant," she said. "Whatever God says, I will do."
I really love how Sally Lloyd-Jones shares the stories of the Bible in words that resonate with children. She writes simply, but still maintains the beauty of descriptive language and quality writing.
Like the title suggests, it really does read like a storybook. A really fantastic storybook.
The entire books is great, but I especially love the Christmas part.