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Are you looking for a new Advent devotional to read with your family this year? Marty Machowki’s The Light Before Christmas is an amazing 4-week advent devotional that our family loves. It weaves a story of Mia and her blind grandmother that will captivate the hearts of your children and open up meaningful conversations with your children. It has a little bit of everything from Scripture, reflections, music, crafts, object lessons, and many activities. It’s a great way for your family to celebrate the birth of Christ together. There is also a curriculum for Sunday Schools that is wonderful!
Advent devotionals are a wonderful way to help your family focus on what matters most this Christmas season, and we highly recommend this one!
This four-week Advent family devotional by best-selling author Marty Machowski combines the theme of light and darkness with the story of eleven-year-old Mia and her grandmother preparing for Christmas. Grandma loves to share her faith, especially at Christmas time, and although she is blind, she can see the light of Jesus shining bright and helps Mia—and children of all ages—to do the same.
Every year, Mia loves to spend the month of December with Grandma getting ready for Christmas. This year, they read a special devotional, The Light Before Christmas, together. Machowski brings families into their devotional time, sharing the story of Christmas. Through a Bible study of light and darkness, readers will discover how the theme of light weaves its way through the Christmas story and God’s plan of salvation.
The Light Before Christmas contains thirteen devotionals—three for each of the four weeks of Advent and one more for Christmas. Each devotional includes a Scripture for the day, an object lesson, a question to discuss as a family, a song to sing together, and a prayer.
Also available: An Advent Sunday School Curriculum
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In The Light Before Christmas, a four-week Advent Sunday School curriculum by best-selling author Marty Machowski guides children in learning about the reason we celebrate Christmas. Each lesson points to Christ, the Light of the World who came to save us from the darkness of sin. Through a Bible study of light and darkness, children will discover how the theme of light weaves its way through the Christmas story and God’s plan of salvation.
This two-level (preschool and elementary) curriculum download consists of lessons that include Scripture readings, dramas, object lessons, discussion questions, activity pages, crafts, and songs.
Week 1: A Great Light in a Land of Deep Darkness (Isaiah 9:2–7)
Week 2: Jesus the Light of Men (John 1:1–18)
Week 3: Glory to God in the Highest (Luke 2:1-20)
Week 4: A Light to the Gentiles (Luke 2:21–35)
Together, the devotional and curriculum will help families see the light of Jesus shining bright not only in the Advent season, but all year long.
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