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15 December – No room with the relatives

We all know that there was ‘no room at the inn’ in Bethlehem, but have you ever wondered why Mary and Joseph had to try the inn in the first place, when this was Joseph’s home town?

You’d think that Joseph’s family would have made space for a heavily pregnant daughter in law, wouldn’t you? Perhaps some of the rumours about Mary had come down from Nazareth ahead of her – perhaps Joseph’s family suspected that the child was not Joseph’s, and weren’t willing to take in ‘That Mary’. We don’t know, but it seems possible, doesn’t it?

Is there anyone in your family who you’re keeping at a distance because of something they’ve done or have been said to have done? Why not reach out to them this Christmas?

The animations in this series are by Jon Birch, and used by permission, but please don’t download them or post them elsewhere, as the copyright doesn’t allow that. Find out more at http://proost.co.uk/altadvent.

13 December – Mary and Joseph set off

I love the very human picture of Joseph and Mary setting off to travel to Bethlehem. It’s easy to forget that they were (in every way except two) an ordinary young couple, probably both in their teens.

Can you think of any younger relatives or friends who are unsure of what the next year will bring? How can you reassure and encourage them?

 

The animations in this series are by Jon Birch, and used by permission, but please don’t download them or post them elsewhere, as the copyright doesn’t allow that. Find out more at http://proost.co.uk/altadvent.

12 December – The Emperor speaks

Big decisions of powerful people sometimes have consequences they don’t bother to think about for the more ordinary people who get caught up in them. When Caesar ordered a census of his empire, it led Mary and Joseph into a difficult journey, just as Mary’s baby was due to be born.

Joseph and Mary didn’t have much choice but to travel to Bethlehem, but they trusted that God’s plan wouldn’t be knocked off course.

Can you remember a time of being forced to do something you didn’t want to, and finding that God was present with you throughout the experience?

 

The animations in this series are by Jon Birch, and used by permission, but please don’t download them or post them elsewhere, as the copyright doesn’t allow that. Find out more at http://proost.co.uk/altadvent.

8 December – Something old, something new…

Mary was overjoyed at what her cousin Elizabeth told her. After all, since Gabriel’s brief visit, she must have wondered sometimes what had happened and what was going to happen to her. Joseph’s support and trust in her was wonderful, but he hadn’t been there when Gabriel came.

So Elizabeth’s inspired words were a vital confirmation that God was indeed at work in her life, encouragement that she needed. So she rejoiced – and sang a song which is still said or sung every evening in the church’s traditional prayers, the Magnificat. It celebrates the faithfulness of God in past times, and his coming into the world to upend all the usual ideas of power and importance.

Looking back, not just on your own life but on what you know of history and the Bible, what gives you confidence in God’s work in your life today?

 

The animations in this series are by Jon Birch, and used by permission, but please don’t download them or post them elsewhere, as the copyright doesn’t allow that. Find out more at http://proost.co.uk/altadvent.