God could have chosen anyone to give birth to Jesus, but he chose Mary, from the little village of Nazareth. She wasn't very important, but she was important to God, and he chose her to do the most important thing one could imagine -- he chose her to give birth to his Son.
Now Joseph was a simple carpenter. He listened to the words of the angel “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” So Joseph got up and took the mother with child while it was still night, and left for Egypt. He remained there until the death of Herod.
God still chooses unimportant people to perform important tasks. He has given you and me the task of sharing hope, joy and peace with family, friends and neighbors. He supports us by offering these words through prophets. “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Can you imagine a greater gift than “abounding in hope?” It’s also our task to share that hope, joy, and peace that we have received! This year, as we prepare for the birth of Jesus, let us, like His parents, answer God's call. "I am the Lord's servant; Let it be with me just as you have said."
The Sunday School lesson this week includes multiple ways to create a Nativity scene. Your family can use tissue paper, popsicle sticks, paint, graham crackers, pebbles, wood pallets, finger paint and remember to add that star! It offered hope back then and it still does today!