And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, Simeon took Him up in his arms and blessed God.... (Luke 2:27-28)

The first few chapters of the gospels of Matthew and Luke tell us how the Lord was born into this world and how people reacted to the Divine Child. An innkeeper turned Mary and Joseph away. Herod ordered that all young male children be killed. Then there were Simeon and Anna. Both of these people had been waiting and hoping for the Lord's birth for a long time. Anna gave thanks to God when she saw Him. Simeon reached out to take the Lord in his arms and blessed God saying, "My eyes have seen Your salvation!"

Today, the Lord continually seeks to enter our lives and be born anew into each individual's heart and mind. The choices made by the innkeeper, Herod, Anna and Simeon all picture possible ways that we can respond to the Lord's presence with us. How will you choose to react to the news of His birth this Christmas?

We wish you great joy in celebrating God's birth into the world and the potential for His birth into each of our lives.

Highlights include

Quotes from the Lord's Word relating to Unto Us a Child Is Born

"The Birthplace of the Lord" by the Rt. Rev. Peter M. Buss

Prayers for Teens on Receiving the Lord (PDF)

An Overview of Projects and Activities for Families
Projects and activities about Why the Lord Came on Earth, No Room at the Inn, In a Manger, Good Tidings of Great Joy, Simeon and Anna, Herod the King, Flight into Egypt, and The Lord's Presence with Us.

"Making Room for the Lord" by the Rev. Mark Carlson

For Unto Us a Child Is Born - A Printable Poster (PDF)
This precious message is framed by a beautiful color border.

Lying in a Manger by Robert Glenn (PDF)
A beautiful drawing showing the shepherds coming to see the infant Lord.

The Flight into Egypt Silhouette Project (PDF)

Where We Find the Lord (PDF)