Christmas

Unwrapping Advent: Mittens

15349699_1791602777779574_3719107836507195217_nAren’t these the cutest little mittens?! We are always losing mittens in our house and when we find them, I am always telling the kids to just keep them on!

When we opened the mitten Advent box, I was so excited! I got to use one of my favorite teaching resources as I shared the meaning behind this Christmas symbol to them.

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We sat down during snack time and we opened up our bibles to read from Colossians.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”   -Colossians 3:12-14

I ran to our coat closet and found a pair of mittens for each of the kids to wear around the house for the rest of the day. They were supposed to be a reminder to ourselves and others, to “put on” such things.

We then read through Isaiah 52:7 which says:

“How beautiful on the mountains
are the hands and feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Throughout the day they were challenged with the question: “Are you wearing helpful hands or hurtful hands?”.

God gives us hands and feet. He gives us a mind that can comprehend such glorious things. We have the ability to do great things with such basic tools. I don’t want to forget that God carries the world in His hands and we don’t have to carry the weight of it on our shoulders. Our hands can be the simple answer that can help solve many of the world’s problems if we let them do what they were designed to do.

 

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