Christmas for Beginners – Day 16

Israel and the Assyrian Conquest Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):   The Northern Tribes (now called Israel) had a famously bad king named Ahab who chased after idolatry like the captain with the same name chased after his white whale.  The prophet Elijah turned the hearts of Israel back to…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 15

The Prophet Isaiah Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be chastised for turning away from God but to have hope because God would stay faithful to them regardless.  He made many, many prophecies about Israel’s coming savior.  He also invented the name of the Jesse Tree.…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 14

The Kingdom Divides Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               The kingdom of Israel split in two.  The ten northern tribes banded together under a guy named Jeroboam, became idolators, worshiped at high places and were now called Israel.  (High places were locations at high elevation where people would go to worship,…

Happy Feast of Saint Lucy

This is saint Lucy. I was surprised to find out she was Sicilian since most images I’d seen of her were blonde! Very little is actually known about her except that she was killed under Diocletian (bad, bad man!) in about 304 AD. But there is plenty of legend surrounding her including that she was…

Christmas for Beginners – Day 13

King Solomon Just the gist (for small children and others with tiny attention spans):               God gave Solomon the gift of wisdom because Solomon was wise enough to ask for it.  The kingdom of Israel was at its largest and most peaceful under King Solomon.  He built God a glorious temple, wrote a bunch of wise literature and…