Anticipation. Repentance. Hope. Joy. These words characterize the Advent season, a season in which Christians focus their attention on Christ’s advent, or “coming.” On the one hand, we reflect back on Christ’s first coming and His fulfillment of God’s Old Testament promises of a Messiah who would deliver His people by laying down His life. At the same time, we look forward to Christ’s second coming, when He will put an end to sin and death and bring God’s redemptive purposes to their glorious consummation.
The goal of this Advent guide is to help individuals and families reflect on and respond to these important truths. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, December 24. This guide provides twenty-five days of readings so that you can begin on December 1 and finish on Christmas Day.
In addition to each day’s Scripture reading and devotional reflection, you’ll find a suggestion for how you and your family might pray in light of the truths that you’ve read. You’ll also notice a variety of activities scattered throughout the guide that are aimed at helping families respond to these truths in ways that are interactive and engaging for children. Feel free to adapt, supplement, or skip these activities depending on the particular needs of your family.