“Advent is one of the hardest seasons of the church year to celebrate in today’s culture. As soon as Thanksgiving arrives, we are bombarded by Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas everything. We are so saturated by Christmas that we often skip over one of the most important parts: the preparation. You wouldn’t throw a party without preparing the food and drinks; you wouldn’t visit a friend without getting dressed and ready. We are about to remember the most awe-inspiring thing that happened in the whole of history: God becoming man in the glory and mystery of the incarnation. We need to set aside time to prepare ourselves for this – internally and externally” (excerpt from Rachel Telander’s “Let Us Keep the Feast”)
Join us as we prepare for Christmas with an Advent Study based on Selah Woody’s “A Traditional Advent Calendar: 28 Days of Devotions and Activities”. Each day of the study, we will post the scripture to focus on, ideas for discussion and activities with your family, and an example SOAP from our team based on the day’s scripture. If you’d like to see the full daily devotion from Selah Woody’s study, you can get the free download through Focus on the Family HERE.
Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Then, read and discuss the verse with your family around the dinner table, in the car, before bed, or another time when you can be in intentional devotion to Jesus. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts on the verse, discussion with your family, or your favorite Christmas traditions. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Advent Study Day 26
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation…”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
The day for which you have been waiting and preparing has finally arrived! Light the first four candles of the Advent wreath, then light the final and middle candle! This is known as the “Christ candle.” The imagery of Christ as the Light of the World is represented visually in this candle. Tell your children that the central location of the Christ candle serves as a reminder that the focus of this season is the Incarnation of Christ.
Before your children tear through their presents, sit with them and read through the Christmas story found in Luke. Keep it short and simple. Talk about the joy and excitement they feel because it’s finally Christmas Day, the celebration of the birth of Christ. Make the connection between the presents your children receive on Christmas morning and the gift of Christ to the world.
Share the Joy | Shiree King
Luke 2:17, Mark 16:15
The shepherds were the first people to share the good news of Jesus (the gospel) with others.
When I am so full of the Holy Spirit (like the shepherds will so filled with joy and excitement from their visit by the angels), I can’t help but to tell other people about it. It just isn’t possible to keep the joy to myself. The joy of Jesus in our hearts propels us to desire to share that joy with others.
Dear God, on this Christmas Day, I thank You for the gift of Your Son coming to earth in humility. Fill my heart with so much joy and excitement that I cannot keep You to myself but am propelled to share Your good news with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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