Today is the seventh day of Advent. Each day I will post a short blog aimed at kids that will help tell God’s story from the beginning to the birth of Jesus. And each day Meghan, my wife, will make a Christmas Tree ornament that helps us to remember the day’s Advent lesson. If you want to make them along with us all you will need is some felt, some glue, and some ribbon.I hope you will join us each day this Advent.You can catch up on any post you may have missed by clicking here.
When I have a really hard day sometimes I just want to talk to someone face to face. That means I don’t want to call them, or text them, or even use Skype or Facetime. I want to be near them. I think we can all feel that way sometimes. Sometimes its not about hearing their voice, or seeing their face it is about knowing they are around, that they are close by to help out.
I think this is true for God too. We may not hear him with our ears, or see him with our eyes, but we want to know that he is close by, listening to us, and ready to help. But sometimes we feel like God is actually far away.When we talk about God we tend to talk a lot about Heaven. Heaven is, in some sense his home. But that doesn’t mean God is far away.
In today’s story Jacob is having a pretty bad day too. He stole something very important from his brother and he is afraid of what will happen when they see each other again. He is afraid they will fight, or worse that his brother might try to kill him. Jacob wants to make things better but he isn’t sure he can do it on his own.
But at night when he slept God gave Jacob a special dream. Jacob saw a ladder that went from Earth to Heaven with Angels going up and down the ladder. The dream meant that God wasn’t far away at all, he was pretty close by. He knew what was happening between Jacob and Esau and he would be with Jacob.
I have never had a dream like that but I know that God is close by for me and for you too; even when he feels far away.
Today on the seventh day of Advent we remember that God is close by all the time.