Today is the first Sunday of Advent! Advent is the season when many Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas as well as the hope of Christ’s eventual return. Although not all Christians participate in Advent, we at the Little Light House would like to share about this season with you, as it may be a tradition you would like to begin celebrating. Advent is a time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas—it’s a great way for families to spend time together and celebrate Christmas during the busy weeks before December 25!
For the four Sundays of Advent, we will be sharing a short devotional along with activity suggestions to celebrate Advent as a family. We pray that your family will grow and be blessed this Christmas season!
For centuries, the Israelites waited for God to send the Messiah as He had promised. Over 2,000 years ago, God fulfilled His promise by sending His son Jesus as the Messiah. We celebrate Jesus’ birth every year at Christmas to rejoice in how God keeps His promises. As Christians today, we wait and hope for Jesus’ eventual return as He promised. Waiting on God’s promises can be difficult, but He is always faithful to keep those promises. Advent is a special time to remember how God fulfills His promises. How has God been faithful to your family? Pray together as a family as you remember God’s faithfulness.
This week’s verses are a prophecy about Jesus found in the Old Testament. These verse are part of God’s promise to send the Messiah to save the world!
“A child has been born for us.
We have been given a son who will be our ruler.
His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God,
Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.
His power will never end; peace will last forever.
He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong.
He will always rule with honesty and justice.
The Lord All-Powerful will make certain
that all of this is done.”
Start an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas. You can buy pre-made Advent calendars, or make your own! Using an Advent calendar with your family is a fun way to get ready for Christmas!
Click on the pictures below to find other blogs with Advent calendar ideas! Your Advent calendar doesn’t need to be fancy–it just needs to help your family celebrate!
Everyone loves to listen to Christmas music this time of year. Did you know that there are Advent carols too? Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus is an Advent carol written by Charles Wesley–the video below shows the lyrics on the screen while you listen to the music.
by Sarah Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator