Below is a reading plan for Christmas week for families or individuals. Take some time to reflect on the Christmas story this week.
Read the passage and encourage your kids to make observations (e.g. “did you notice anything new?”) or ask questions about the story. If they stump you with a question, it’s okay to say, “Good question! I don’t know.” You don’t have to have all the answers. Ask them some questions, too.
Monday: Luke 1:1-25 – The birth of John the Baptist foretold
Tuesday: Luke 1:57-80 – The birth of John the Baptist
Wednesday (Christmas Eve—you could spread these reading out over the course of the day or read one at each meal):
Matthew 1:18-24 – Joseph’s story
Luke 1:26-38 – Mary’s story
Luke 1:39-55 – Mary and Elizabeth
Thursday (Christmas Day): Luke 2:1-21 – Birth of Jesus
Friday: Matthew 2:1-12 – The visit of the Magi.
Saturday: Matthew 2:13-17 – Escape to Egypt
Looking for some devotional resources for 2015? Here are some options:
The Covenant Home Altar – This is our denomination’s quarterly daily devotional book. We have some copies available on the Malmo table in the foyer and the copies for the new year should be here soon.
Our Daily Bread – Another quarterly daily devotional. You can read it online every day at www.odb.org or you can order the quarterly booklet from the same website.
YouVersion – the YouVersion Bible app for smartphones has many daily reading and devotional plans available (including Our Daily Bread). Get the app here: www.bible.com
The Revised Common Lectionary – A weekly Bible-reading guide used by millions of Christians and churches around the world (including Malmo!). Visit www.lectionarypage.net