Title: The Christmas Visitor
Author: Anneliese Lussert
Illustrator: Loek Koopmans
Summary: When a man dressed in rags shows up at Simon’s door, Simon looks down on him and turns him away. His ailing wife, Sarah, takes pity on the man and offers him what little she haa in hopes it would be of comfort to him. In return, the strange visitor performs a miracle that heals Sarah. Astounded, Simon realizes he might have missed out on something bigger and more important than himself. Despite his discomfort, he follows the stranger on a journey and finds a treasure that transforms him forever.
- Who is the visitor that shows up at Simon’s door? Why does Simon turn him away?
- Whose footprints/voice is Simon following? Why does Simon decide to follow?
- What does Simon have to give up in order to help the people he meets on his journey? Do you think it is difficult for him to help others?
- How does Simon’s character change from the beginning to the end of the story? What lessons does he learn on his journey?
- What connections can you draw in this story about you and and your relationship with Jesus/God?
- Have you ever felt God calling you to do something or help someone? Is it always easy to hear God and what he wants you to do?
- Discuss a time when you heard God calling on you to do something or help. How did you know God was talking to you? Did the task require you to sacrifice something? Did you follow his voice/footsteps and obey, even though it might’ve been difficult to do or required some sacrifices on your part?
- What are some examples of sacrifices you might have to give in order to help others as God asks? Why do you think God makes it hard sometimes for you to help others or do his will?
- If doing God’s will is sometimes difficult, why do you think we should still do it? What are some benefits of following God’s will, helping others, etc?