Monday, December 19, 2011

Advent 2011: Day 19

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.

DAY 19: Rose of Sharon (Song of Solomon 2:1) 

[Note: This concept may be too advanced for younger children. In that case, select an alternate name listed at the end of the unit*.] 

Read and Discuss. These names have become part of our devotional language. They are taken from this passage of love and are an expression of devotion in married love. 

Science: Biology: What does a Rose of Sharon look like? (It was probably a common, abundant plant like a crocus or narcissus. It has a delicate beauty and gentle fragrance. It speaks to us of the beauty and fragrance He brings to those who know and love him.) 

Language Arts: Parables. What is a parable in general? Read this Parable from the Persian Poet Saadi: The poet was given a bit of ordinary clay. The clay so vibrantly smelled of sweet perfume that its fragrance filled the room. 

"What are you, musk or ambergris?" he asked. 

"I am neither," it answered, "I am just a bit of common clay." 

"From where then do you have this rare perfume?" the poet asked. 

"I have been all summer in the company of the rose," it replied. 

Discuss how this relates to the Christian life. (We are just bits of clay but if we keep company with the Rose of Sharon, some of his fragrance will pass into us. Hopefully, then, we will be a fresh and sweet influence on the world around us.) 

Art: Make a flower bouquet to grace your home for Christmas.

Alternatives are:
 1.   God  John 20:28
 2.   I Am  John 8:58
 3.   Son of David  Matthew 1:1
 4.   Branch  Isaiah 11:1
 5.   Arm of the Lord   Isaiah 53:1
 6.   Baby  Luke 2:12
 7.   Jesus  Matthew 1:21
 8.   Brother  Mark 6:3
 9.   Son of Man  Matthew 20:28
 10 . Rock  1 Corinthians 10:4

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