This devotional is designed to help you think about Advent themes during the entire month. There is one devotional reading for each Sunday of Advent. Choose a specific time each Sunday when you will do the devotion and try to stay consistent from week to week.
We encourage you to use an Advent wreath, or five candles, to help provide a fun visual representation and reminder of each week’s content. Each devotion contains a passage of Scripture, a brief reflection on that passage, sample prayers to guide your prayers and those of your children, and hymns to sing together to give voice to your praises and longings. We’ve chosen these Christmas hymns to correspond with the devotion’s theme, but feel free to sing a song more familiar to your family if you’d like.
Each weekly devotional also contains coloring pages that can be completed by the children before or after you do the devotion. You may want to display these or send them to friends and family as a way to remember and celebrate the Advent season.
We have also included readings from a various assortment of children’s Bibles (e.g., The Jesus Storybook Bible). Find the one your kids have and use it for the devotions.
Our hope is that this Advent Devotional is fun and meaningful, and becomes a new tradition that helps your family remember that the Christmas season is ultimately about the Good News that Christ the King came to ultimately redeem us back to God.
On the first week of Advent, we light the candle of hope, mindful of the hope that the one born in Bethlehem brings to the world.
During the second week we light the candle of love, mindful of the love displayed for us as Jesus left Heaven to come to Earth and to give his life for the people he loves.
Week three we light the candle of Joy, mindful of the joy the one born in Bethlehem brings to any and all who will believe in him as Savior and King.
Week four we light the candle of Peace, mindful of the peace that Jesus not only established between us and God, but the peace he will one day bring to all creation in his Second Coming.
Week five, we join with faithful followers across the globe to come and adore him — Christ the Lord — the light of the world.