This four-week Advent family devotional by best-selling author Marty Machowski combines devotions on the theme of light and darkness with the story of eleven-year-old Mia and her grandmother as they prepare for Christmas. Grandma loves to share her faith, especially at Christmas time, and although she is blind, she can see the light of Jesus shining bright and helps Mia—and children of all ages—to do the same.
Every year, Mia loves to spend the month of December with Grandma getting ready for Christmas. This year, they read a special devotional, The Light Before Christmas, together. Machowski brings families into their devotional time, sharing the story of Christmas. Through a Bible study of light and darkness, readers will discover how the theme of light weaves its way through the Christmas story and God’s plan of salvation.
The Light Before Christmas contains thirteen devotionals—three for each of the four weeks of Advent and one more for Christmas. Each devotional includes a Scripture for the day, an object lesson, a focus Scripture, a question to discuss as a family, a song to sing together, and a prayer.
Also available is a four-week downloadable curriculum, The Light Before Christmas: An Advent Sunday School Curriculum.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of several family devotionals, curricula (including the Gospel Story for Kids), children’s books, and parenting titles. His latest releases include Darkest Night Brightest Day, Angels on Your Side, and The Light Before Christmas. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and several grandchildren, and reside in West Chester, PA.
Sarah Bland-Halulko lives in Florida with her husband and twin daughters. She loves to spend time in the kitchen, homeschool her girls, tinker in her garden, go on walks, sit at her potters wheel, and enjoy time at the beach. Sarah is the illustrator for the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, as well as The Light Before Christmas advent devotional and curriculum.
- Marty Machowski
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- 5-11 Years