“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 5
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
3 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
4 For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
5 How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
The carols and hymns surrounding the birth of our Savior are a rich part of the Advent season. Sing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with your family. Explain how this song is a traditional Advent song that reminds us of how God’s people waited a very long time for the prophet Isaiah’s words to come true in the arrival of our Messiah. Throughout this week, light one of the purple candles in your Advent wreath when you gather for a meal.
Morning and Night | Shiree King
Praise and thanksgiving are basic elements in a believer’s life. We can be thankful for Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, God’s Word, and His love, grace, guidance, and care.
Gratefulness has been a popular topic lately, with thanksgiving so recent. This morning I watched a sermon from last week on being grateful, and I just read and am writing about this verse as I’m getting ready to go to bed. I’m struck with the irony as I read, “to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” I have so much to be thankful for, and it would do me good to thank God when I wake up as well as when I fall asleep. Being truly grateful is all about perspective; I can choose to thank God for what I have rather than being frustrated by and focused on what I don’t have.
Dear God, Thank You for the many blessings in my life, especially the ones that may not seem like a blessing right now. I need Your help to remind me to praise You in the morning and at night – when I feel like it and when I don’t. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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