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22 December – Good news for everyone!

The shepherds come bursting into the story, still smelling of sheep and a bit out of place in a maternity ward – however rough and ready it might be. But they remind us that Jesus’ birth is good news for everyone – including (or even especially) those who’ve got no business being there.

It strikes me for the first time this year that since Gabriel spoke once to Mary and once to Joseph about nine months previously, apart from Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, God has been quiet. He hasn’t (so far as we’re told) sent any more messengers, or even prophetic dreams. Mary and Joseph have simply got on with what they’d been called to do, bringing Jesus to birth miles from where they’d expected. They must have wondered sometimes what was happening to them.

But that night, the shepherds burst in and their excitement bursts out – the angels are back in celebration! It’s the confirmation of what this is all about. And it’s great news for the world.

 

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

18 December – ‘His name is Jesus’

Take a moment today to pause and remember that in Jesus, God has come to save us. That’s behind his name, which means literally ‘God saves’ or ‘God to the rescue’.

Where in your life today do you need God’s rescue?

 

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.

17 December – The perfect Christmas?

With just over a week to go, you may be feeling the pressure to get ready for Christmas, especially if you’ve got a journey to make or people are coming to stay. If you’ve been watching too many TV programmes about how to have the ideal Christmas, you’re probably feeling even worse!

Don’t forget that the first Christmas took place where plans had gone wrong, with no decorations or groaning table of food. But it involved people who loved each other, the kindness of strangers and the faithfulness of God. Does your Christmas need any more than that?

 

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.

16 December – No room at the inn

Bethlehem was busy – and all the inns were full. We know that part of the story well, as the innkeeper is one of the well-known characters of school nativity plays. The innkeepers of the town were working at full stretch, but one took time to think and help – to get a stable as ready as it could be. God works through small acts of kindness as well as prophets and angelic choirs.

Take time today to look for someone who needs you to step aside from the busyness and help them – take your part in the nativity play of life!

 

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.

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.