This year we are starting a new Christmas (or more appropriately Advent) tradition. Author Arnold Ytreeide has written a trilogy of books that are set in biblical times and tell stories of children close to Sydney’s age and how their lives are intertwined with and impacted by the birth of Jesus. You read a single chapter each night during advent and this year we are starting with the first in the series “Jotham’s Journey”.
From the author’s website: “After running away from his father’s tents in a moment of anger, ten-year-old Jotham has lost his way, and his family. As he journeys through Palestine in search of his nomadic home, Jotham is helped by a fool, a priest, a zealot and a wise man. Chased by a gang of thieves, thrown from one “foster parent” to another, Jotham slowly discovers the miracle of the first Christmas, and some miraculous things about his own life and his own family. Written as a devotional for parents to read to their children during Advent, Jotham’s Journey unfolds day by day until the exciting climax on Christmas Day. Each day’s installment of the story is followed by a short devotional which will challenge your family to share in Jotham’s discoveries.”
So each night this year we will be lighting the candles in our Advent wreath and reading a chapter of Jotham’s story. I’ve skimmed ahead a bit and it seems that some of his travels were dangerous but I’m betting there’s a happy ending.