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ADVENT

Why Celebrate Advent?

How to Engage With Advent
  1. Set up an Advent Wreath (you could have a physical one or use our digital version below).
  2. Set aside a regular moment each week during Advent to have a devotional. Gather anyone in your household who might share this moment with you.
  3. Light the candle and read Scripture and reflect. If you family is gathered, this is a great thing to do aloud together.
Virtual Advent Wreath

Advent Devotional
What the World Needs Now | Week 1 | Hope

Scripture:
‘The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. ‘ Isaiah 9:2,6-7 NLT

Reflection:
Don’t give up, keep on going. 700 years before God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, as a baby into the world, God spoke these words to Isaiah, the Jewish prophet. God saw our need for hope and he had a plan to send light into a dark world through Jesus.

In the sometimes dark world around us, God sees you, and God has sent you hope, in the presence of Jesus Christ. As you light the first candle of Advent (or do so right online), you might turn down the lights in the room and see how the light of your candle changes the darkness. Darkness never overcomes light, but the light of Jesus always overcomes darkness. Jesus is why you don’t need to give up, you can keep on going. There’s hope for you!

‘And in another place Isaiah said, “The heir to David’s throne will come, and he will rule over the Gentiles. They will place their hope on him.” I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:12-13 NLT

Father, thank you for sending light in the darkness through Jesus Christ. Thank you that I have hope today because of Him. Help me to experience the hope of Jesus. Thank you that can bring hope to anyone walking in darkness this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Prayer:
Pray for a neighbor by name who might need some hope today.

Next Step:
What one thing can you do this week to bring hope to that neighbor.

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