Dad’s Tools – Monday, Dec 24, 2012

Dad, this should be the highlight of your devotional week. We have four children and each one of them still enjoys hearing the details of their birth. Ultimately we want to read the story of Jesus’ birth together as a family but sharing everyone’s birth story is a great way to create a natural transition. Here are some thoughts…

Get your children to get their baby book or photos of themselves as an infant. Look at their books or photos with them and tell each of their stories. This always produces wonder, excitement and laughter in our home. Obviously, Stacy has an important perspective that needs to be shared. We always try to share the unique details about each child’s birth. We even tell other interesting birth stories for other members of the family.

In our case, Stacy was born in Japan while her dad was stationed there with the army. My father was born in a small house in a coal mining town. Stacy’s dad was born in the back of a pickup truck on the way to a hospital. Surely there are some unique stories you can share. The goal of all of this, Dad, is to set you up to be able to say… but the most significant birth story of all is in the Bible.

At that point you can read the story of Christ’s birth from Luke 2. As you read the story or afterward, ask the kids to review the details of Christ’s birth. Lead them to discuss similarities and differences to the family stories you’ve already talked about. Here’s the big deal…

Make sure you help them understand that Jesus is the Savior and King that Israel had been waiting for but they were looking for Him to be born in a royal palace. He certainly was and is a King, but instead of a palace, he was born in a stable. You can remind them that this was God’s plan from the beginning and many Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled in Christ’s birth. Here are two that you may reference…

The Savior will be born of a virgin…

            Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 ESV

In the town of Bethlehem…

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2 ESV

Nail It Dad by praying that your family would celebrate and remember God’s great gift of salvation through Jesus in the giving and receiving of gifts from each other.

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