December 10, 2023
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Story Focus: In week 2, we turn to Luke 1:26-56. The Messiah had been promised for generations, but no one would have guessed that God would use a young woman to bring that promise to fulfilment—including that young woman herself. Mary was awestruck when the angel came to announce that she was about to have a child who would be the Savior of the world. Mary found peace in trusting that through God, all things are possible.
Bottom Line: You can have peace because God has a plan. When God sent Jesus, it was the answer to many, many years of a plan to rescue the world. The people must have wondered what God was doing or if God was still working. We can feel the same way about our own circumstances. Yet, time and again, we realize that we can trust God no matter what. We might not understand God’s plan, but we can have peace when we remember how God has been faithful throughout history
Key Question: What are your plans this Christmas? We start with this question to help kids start generally thinking about the plans they make. By now, preteens understand that plans don’t always work out. However, what we can learn through the Christmas story is that God can use what we’re experiencing to do amazing things in and through our lives. We pray that kids will start trusting that no matter what they face, God still has a plan for their lives.