Wednesday of the first week of Advent
Lord of all, you are a God of plenty, a Lord who provides
for us in our need.
As I begin these early days of Advent
help me to believe that you know what I need.
Give me the courage to listen to your voice
and the freedom
to open my heart to the graces you are
offering me to place my trust in you.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries
Interactive Nativity scene – Initial set up for Wk 1 includes only the animals and manger; Wk 2 add the shepherds; Wk 3 add Mary & Joseph and Wk 4Add Baby Jesus and add the Wise Men at Epiphany. Talk with your kids each week/whenever “characters” are added. Talk about personal preparation for Christmas within the nativity theme.
Seven loaves and a few fish. Jesus shows us the power of faith and the power of community in faith. The acclimation tells us “blessed are those who are prepared to meet him.” This is our time of preparation. Are we ready to trust Jesus?