The devotionals on this page and the following page (February, Little Lambs) are designed to guide you and your family through two months of short, simple times with God and each other. Each week?s lesson starts with a member of the family reading the month?s Scripture passage out loud. Then, follow the discussion guidelines for the week.
Look It Up
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John:8:12).
You?ll need one large white candle, one small white taper candle for each family member, including yourself, a candlestick for each candle and matches. Place the large candle at one end of a table and place the smaller candles on each side of the large candle.
Talk It Over
Week 1: The Light of Christ
The large candle is the Christ candle. Before you read this month?s passage, have an older child or adult light the Christ candle and say, "The light of Christ has come into the world." Read the passage, then repeat the phrase, "The light of Christ has come into the world." Use the Christ candle to light the first small candle while saying, "This is Christ?s light for you ________" (add the name of one family member for each candle). Continue lighting all the candles and repeating the phrase. Once all the candles are lit, ask each person, "What does it mean to you to have Christ?s light in your life? How do you feel God?s light in your heart?" Then have each family member blow out his or her candle. Leave the Christ candle burning for a bit longer. Then say, "And Jesus said, ?I am the light of the world.? " End your time with a prayer thanking God for bringing light to the world. Extinguish the Christ candle as you say "Amen."1