WHAT IS ADVENT?
“Advent” is the Latin word for “coming”. It is celebrated all over the world as the anticipation and coming of Jesus’ birth! These family devotionals are meant to spark conversations about advent based on Scripture and a traditional Christmas carol. Over the next four weeks, we challenge you and your family to dive deep into the four aspects of advent together–hope, peace, joy, and love–as we celebrate the coming of our Savior.
Hope: November 28–December 4
“Hope is an abstract word–it’s not something you can see, but you can feel it. The dictionary says that the definition of hope is– ‘a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen” or “a feeling of trust.’ This feeling of hope we have in Christ is not a wishful thinking kind of hope, it is a great expectancy for God to move.”
Written by Hannah Kennedy
Where do you find peace? In the first verse of this classic Christmas carol, Longfellow looks for peace in the world around him. Many of us look to our world for the peace we long for today. Meditating on “happy” thoughts, only surrounding ourselves with people who make us feel good about ourselves, or buying the latest and greatest product are all ways we search for peace.
Written by Aaryn Whitney
When we think about Christmas and joy, most people would automatically think of the famous Christmas hymn, Joy to the World by Isaac Watts. Everything about this hymn is joyful; the beat, the music, the words. You cannot help but be a bit peppier after singing this song. In fact, it is not so much a song as it is an anthem.
Written by Rachel Liverman
When you really love someone, you want to spend time with them. We are busy, distracted people. Some of us are running on empty. Christmas can be so busy we miss the joy of the season. We don’t make room for Jesus. But you know what? There wasn’t even room for Him on that first Christmas night. Now over two thousand twenty years later, millions of people still have no room for Jesus. They will participate in Christmas festivities, yet have no idea what they are really celebrating; and will not invite Him into their lives. Why is this?
Written by Jan Morton