Today is the eleventh 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.
My son had to do a family tree project for school the other day. We decided to build our ‘tree’ out of Duplo. He and I picked out five Duplo people to be us and one Duplo Dog to be our dog. Because we were using Duplo to be us things weren’t quite right. I was a zoo keeper, Simeon was a firefighter, Asher was prince Eric, and Meghan and Ariella were princess’ Cinderella and Ariel.
Meghan and Ariella are princess’ for sure that was a bullseye. But no matter how much it feels like it some days I am a long way from being a zookeeper. The family tree was good, but it wasn’t quite right.
Jesus’ family tree kind of seems like it isn’t quite right as well. Oh there are the bible all-stars you might expect, Abraham, Judah, and David. But stuck right in there is a name you might not expect, Rahab.
Rahab was part of a country at war with the Hebrews. She was from the city of Jericho, she was an enemy. But she also came to believe in God, even though everyone around her didn’t. She decided that she would help the Hebrew people, and they decided she and her family could live with them.
Rahab and her family left everything they knew to join with God. And because of that she became part of Jesus’ family. I think that is why I like this story because it means no matter who we are, or what we have done if we really want to we can join God’s family
Today on the eleventh day of Advent we remember that God wants all of us to be part of his family.