Christmas Prayers for Bedtime

Christmas Prayers for Bedtime

by Jean Fischer

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Overview

Kids love Christmastime!

The cookies, lights, and presents.

The time with family and friends.

The Baby in the manger.

Turn those wonderful Christmas memories into a faith-building opportunity with Christmas Prayers for Bedtime—thirty-one readings for kids ages five through eight. They’ll love the Bible stories—all centered on Jesus’ birth—and the bright, colorful illustrations. Plus, they’ll be encouraged to talk with God about how Christmas affects their lives every day.

            It’s never too early to turn little hearts and minds to the big questions of life. Let Christmas Prayers for Bedtime be the link that brings you and your kids together for some spiritual “quality time”! 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630585785
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jean Fischer has been writing for children for nearly three decades, and has served as an editor with Golden Books. She has written with Thomas Kinkade, John MacArthur, and “Adventures in Odyssey,” and is one of the authors for Barbour’s upcoming “Camp Club Girls” series. A nature lover, Jean lives in Racine, Wisconsin.

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Christmas Prayers for Bedtime


By Jean Fischer, David Miles

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2014 Barbour Publishing, Inc.
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63058-578-5



CHAPTER 1

God's Promise

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14


Long before anyone had ever heard about Jesus, God made a promise. "I will send someone to save the world," He said. The world needed saving because its people did things that made God unhappy. But those people belonged to God! They were His children. He did not want to punish them for the bad things they did. So God made a plan to send His Son, Jesus, to save the world.

God's plan was perfect. He planned to send Jesus into the world as a baby. And when Jesus grew up, He would teach the people how God wanted them to live. Jesus would love the people so much that He would take all the punishment that they deserved—forever!

God's promise came with an extra-special surprise. Everyone who believed in Jesus would get to live in heaven one day with Jesus and God. And the best part is that God's promise was not just for those people long ago. His promise is for you!

Dear Father, it makes me happy that You love me. Thank You for always keeping Your promises. Help me to keep my promises, too.


Here We Come A-Caroling

Here we come a-caroling
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring,
So fair to be seen.

Chorus:

Love and joy come to you,
And to your carol, too,
And God bless you and send you a happy New Year,
And God send you a happy New Year.

Traditional English Carol

CHAPTER 2

Patience

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 27:14


Has anyone ever told you to be patient? Has anyone ever told you to wait?

Patience is what God expected from His people. He expected them to wait for what He had promised them. The people wanted Jesus to come right away to save the world. But God decided they should wait.

Waiting was hard. It was like knowing they were getting a really special present for Christmas and they had to wait until Christmas morning to open it. But while the people waited, God gave them little hints. He told them a tiny bit about Jesus' mother. He told them Jesus' name and even some of His nicknames, like Immanuel and Prince of Peace. He said that Baby Jesus would be born in a little town called Bethlehem. But God did not say when Jesus would come. He decided, "You will just have to wait."

So the people waited ... and they waited ... and they waited. They waited for days and months, and then they waited for years! As best they could, God's people waited patiently.

Dear Father, waiting is hard for me sometimes. I try my best to be patient, but it doesn't always work. So please give me the patience I need!


Little Children, Wake And Listen

Little children, wake and listen!
Songs are breaking o'er the earth;
While the stars in heaven glisten,
Hear the news of Jesus' birth.

Long ago, to lovely meadows,
Angels brought the message down;
Still, each year, through midnight shadows,
It is heard in every town.

Anonymous

CHAPTER 3

Trust

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

PSALM 20:7


While they waited, God expected His people to trust Him to do exactly what He had promised. Trust means believing in someone or something with all of your heart. God wanted His people to believe with all of their hearts that He would send Jesus to save the world. But some people found it hard to trust God because they could not see Him. They trusted only in things that they could see, like chariots (chariots were carts that soldiers rode in) and the horses that pulled them. This made God sad.

A good plan takes time. Those who trusted God believed that His plan was good, and they understood they had to wait while God put His plan together. They believed in God's goodness, and they knew that God loved them. With all of their hearts, they believed that God's plan would work out perfectly. So those people trusted God, and they looked forward to Jesus coming to save the world.

You should trust God, too. Do you know why? Because God has a plan for you, and His plan is very good.

Dear Father, thank You for having a good plan for me. I believe that You love me, and I trust You to take care of me.


The Truth Sent From Above

This is the truth sent from above,
The truth of God, the God of love;
Therefore don't turn me from your door,
But hearken all, both rich and poor.

And at this season of the year
Our blest Redeemer did appear
He here did live, and here did preach,
And many thousands He did teach.

Traditional English Folk Carol

CHAPTER 4

A Perfect Plan

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Jeremiah 29:11


What seemed like a long time to God's people was just like a blink of an eye to God. His time, heaven time, is not like time here on earth. God knew exactly how He would work out His plan to send Jesus to save the world. And God knew all about Jesus long before He arrived here as a baby. After all, Jesus had been God's Son forever. He will always be God's Son.

Do you know that you are a child of God, too? You are! God made you. God knows everything about you. He knew you before you were born. He had a perfect plan to send you into the world, and He has your whole life planned out. Much of it is a secret. You will find out more about God's plan as you grow up. But His plan for you is like His plan for Jesus—perfect in every way. Part of God's plan is this: He will be your heavenly Father forever.

Dear Father, thank You for making me and for knowing all about me. I can't wait to see the wonderful plan You have for my life!


O Come, Little Children

O come, little children, from near and afar,
And gaze on the wonder 'neath Bethlehem's star.
God sent His own Son as a dear little boy
To be your redeemer, your hope, and your joy.

Come, kneel and adore Him like shepherds today,
Lift up little hands now and praise Him as they.
Rejoice that the Savior was sent you this night,
And join in the song of the angels of light.

Christoph von Schmid

CHAPTER 5

Forgotten?

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Matthew 10:30


Some people wondered if God had forgotten about them because God had promised them Jesus but Jesus hadn't shown up yet. The people did not have to worry. God had not forgotten them. One of the amazing things about God is that He knows everything about everybody all the time, and that kind of knowing helps God make choices that are perfectly right.

God chose Jesus' mother, Mary, from among all the women in the world. And He chose Joseph to be Jesus' daddy on earth from all the world's men. Of all the places in the world, God chose the little town of Bethlehem as the place where Jesus would be born. He chose the exact day of Jesus' birth and the exact time. God's plan was coming together in a perfect way.

Do you believe that God knows everything about you? He chose your mom and dad and where and when you would be born. He chose the colors of your skin, eyes, and hair. God even chose how many hairs would be on your head! Can you count them all? God can. He knows exactly how many there are.

Dear Father, thank You for always choosing what is best for me. Thank You for remembering me and knowing everything about me.


God Give Ye Merry Christmas Tide

God give ye merry Christmas tide,
Ye gentle people all!
And in your merry making may
No evil chance befall:
Rejoice! for once at Bethlehem,
While shepherds knelt to pray,

Chorus:

Our blessed Master Jesus Christ,
Was born on Christmas Day;
Our blessed Master Jesus Christ,
Was born on Christmas Day.

Old English Carol

CHAPTER 6

Rules

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Luke 2:1


Finally, God's plan was ready. It was time to send Jesus to earth. While most of God's people were waiting and wondering, God was busy. He had chosen Mary and Joseph as Jesus' earthly parents. He had planned where and when Jesus would be born. Now, God had one more thing to do. He had to get Mary and Joseph to the little town of Bethlehem. They did not live there. They lived in a place called Nazareth about eighty miles away.

So God whispered to the emperor's heart (the emperor was a leader, like a king), "Everyone must go to the city where they were born so all the people can be counted and pay their taxes." And that is exactly what the emperor did. He made a rule, and Mary and Joseph had to follow it. They had to go to Bethlehem.

When God makes rules, He expects His children to obey them. Are you a good rule follower? Can you name some important rules?

Dear Father, I know that rules are important. Rules keep me safe, and they help me to learn. Help me, please, to follow the rules.


O Little Town Of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by:

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

Phillips Brooks

CHAPTER 7

Travelers

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

Luke 2:4–5


Mary and Joseph lived in a time when there were no cars, trains, or airplanes. They walked all the way to Bethlehem. Walking was hard for Mary because Baby Jesus was about to be born. Do you wonder if she and Joseph worried? What if Mary had the baby somewhere between home and Bethlehem? What if there was no one to help when the baby came?

But Mary and Joseph did not have to worry. God's angels had visited both of them, and those angels told them about their special baby. Mary and Joseph did not have to worry because God was with them all the way to Bethlehem. He protected them and little Baby Jesus, who had not yet been born.

God also goes with you wherever you go. You can't see Him, but He is always there. God stays with you all the time, keeping you safe and sound.

Dear Father, thank You for staying with me. I like knowing that wherever I go You are with me. I like that You always keep me safe and sound.


O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels:
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God in the highest:
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

John Francis Wade

CHAPTER 8

A Place to Stay

Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

Psalm 31:21


When Mary and Joseph arrived, they must have seen that Bethlehem was filled with people. In just a few days, the Little Town of Bethlehem had become the Busy Town of Bethlehem. Like Joseph, everyone had returned to his hometown to be counted and pay taxes.

When Mary and Joseph looked for a place to stay, all the rooms were taken. But they did not have to worry, because God had a plan.

A kind innkeeper knew where they could stay. Some people believe they stayed in a stable. Others think it was a cave. But where Mary and Joseph stayed is not as important as God's plan for them. He already knew where Jesus would be born—in a simple place among the animals. And when Baby Jesus came, Mary wrapped Him up, all toasty warm, and laid Him in a manger. (A manger is a long, open box for farm animals to eat from.)

Kind people, like the innkeeper in the story, are God's special helpers. How was the innkeeper kind? How can you be kind to others?

Dear Father, You are always so kind to me! Let me be Your special helper. Teach me to be kind to others.


Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,
The little Lord Jesus laiddown His sweet head;
The stars in the sky lookeddown where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes.
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky.
And stay by the cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray!
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

Unknown

CHAPTER 9

Silent Night

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Zechariah 2:13


Mary and Joseph knew that Baby Jesus was the One God had promised to send, but no one else in Bethlehem knew. At that very minute when Jesus was born, no one was waiting for Him to come. Most people were sound asleep in their beds not knowing that something wonderful had just happened. The night was starry and silent except for the sound of a baby crying.

But God was there. He was there on that silent night watching over Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and all the people in the world. God's plan was unfolding, and He was about to do something big. God was about to send some special messengers down to earth.

Do you know that God is with you all through the night? He is! Just as He was with Baby Jesus on that night long ago, God is with you, too. God never sleeps. When you are sound asleep in your bed and the night is dark and your house is silent, God is right there watching over you. Isn't that wonderful?

Dear Father, bless me as I sleep tonight. Be with my family and me. And please give us a good night's sleep and many happy dreams.

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

Silent night! Holy night!
Sleeps the world in peace tonight.
God sends His Son to earth below,
A Child from whom all blessings flow.
Jesus embraces mankind.
Jesus embraces mankind.

Joseph Mohr

CHAPTER 10

Shepherds

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Luke 2:8–9


Near Bethlehem that night, in the fields, shepherds watched their flocks of sheep. A shepherd's job is to care for his sheep, so God knew the shepherds would be awake. He sent them an angel. The angel came in a very bright light. At first the shepherds were afraid, but the angel told them, "Do not be afraid! I have come to give you Good News. A baby was born tonight in Bethlehem. He is the One God promised would come to save the world." The angel told the shepherds where to find Jesus, and then—the sky filled up with angels praising God!

God surprised the shepherds with Good News brought by angels. God likes surprising His people with wonderful things. These gifts from God are called blessings. Jesus is the best blessing of all because He came to show us the way to heaven. What other blessings can you think of?


Dear Father, thank You for sending us Jesus. He is the best blessing of all. And thank You for my family, my home, and all of Your blessings!


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.
And glory shone around.

"To you in David's town this day
Is born of David's line,
A Savior, which is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign.
And this shall be the sign."

"The heav'nly Babe you there shall find
To human view display'd.
All meanly wrapped in swaddling bands,
And in a manger laid.
And in a manger laid."

Nahum Tate

CHAPTER 11

The Star

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:10


On that silent, dark night when Jesus was born, God brought light into the world. The angels came to the shepherds in a big burst of light. But that was not all God did. He put a bright star up in the sky right above Jesus. That bright star, Jesus' star, could be seen from far away. God did not want to keep the Good News about Jesus a secret. He wanted people near and far to know that Jesus had come to the world. The big, bright star would lead them to where Jesus was.

God is in charge of everything. He made the sky and everything in it. So when God wanted a new star to appear, He made it happen. Do you know that God named all the stars? He knows each one. And, even better, He made you and He knows you. God knows everyone—all the people who have ever lived on earth, all the people who live here now, and all the people who will live here in the future. That is how great and wonderful God is!

Dear Father, I think it is special that You made the sky and know all the stars. And I think it is really special that You made and know me.


Star Of Bethlehem, Sweetly Shining

Star of Bethlehem, sweetly shining,
Let thy peaceful light
Lead us where the Christ is lying,
On this Christmas night.
Hail, sweet Jesus, ever blest,
Pearl of sweetness unexpress'd.

A. S. Woods


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Table of Contents

Contents

God's Promise,
Patience,
Trust,
A Perfect Plan,
Forgotten?,
Rules,
Travelers,
A Place to Stay,
Silent Night,
Shepherds,
The Star,
Angels,
Baby Jesus,
Praise God!,
The Wise Men,
Which Way?,
King Herod,
Finding Jesus,
Treasures,
Wonderful Jesus!,
What Is Christmas?,
Good News!,
Peace on Earth,
Light of the World,
Christmas Dinner,
Family Time,
Friends,
Christmas Wishes,
Christmas Eve,
Presents!,
The Best Gift of All,

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