This is my favorite time of year!
There are so many ways to celebrate Advent, literally the “coming” of Jesus Christ. Some people take a liturgical and somber approach. Others focus on the excitement that leads up to Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’s birth.
This year I’m excited to give you unique Family Advent readings that’ll give you a completely different way of celebrating the Advent season.
When Jesus came on the scene, the people of Israel had been waiting for hundreds of years for a promised Messiah. How would they know who actually was the Messiah? God had given them prophecies that predicted the what, who, where and how of the Anointed One’s coming. When these prophecies were fulfilled, they would point to the One true Messiah. The proof was in the fulfilled prophecy.
For this year’s Family Advent readings, I paired a story and a prophecy. If you want, you can light an Advent candle for each of the five main themes.
If you want a printable version, I’ve got you covered–soon anyway. You can expect that Monday, December 2, evening.
Family Advent Readings
HOPE: December 1-7
Prophecy – The Messiah would be one of Abraham’s descendants.
Story – Abraham and Sarah have a miracle baby boy.
Dec 1 – Genesis 12:1-3 God promises Abram he’ll become a great nation–before he had any children at all.
Dec 2 – Genesis 15:2-6 God promises Abraham more descendants than stars in the sky.
Dec 3 – Genesis 18:1-18 God promises Sarah she’ll have a baby; she laughs.
Dec 4 – Genesis 21: 1-6 God brings Sarah joy and laughter.
Dec 5 – Hebrews 11:11-12 Sarah & Abraham had faith in God.
Dec 6 – Isaiah 49:6 God wanted to bring hope and light to the whole world.
Dec 7 – Psalm 18:30 God keeps all his promises.
God’s promises give hope!
PEACE: December 8-14
Prophecy: The Messiah would come from the house of King David.
Story – David, a shepherd boy becomes king
Dec 8 – 1 Samuel 16:4-13 God sends Samuel to anoint a new king.
Dec 9 – 1 Samuel 16:18-23 Before David becomes king, he works for King Saul.
Dec 11 – 1 Samuel 18:6-8 King Saul is jealous of David.
Dec 12 – 2 Samuel 5:1-4 David becomes king.
Dec 14 – Isaiah 9:6-7 God promises a Prince of Peace, the Messiah, will come from King David’s family.
God brings peace.
JOY: December 15-21
Prophecy: A prophet would come ahead of the Messiah to prepare the way.
Story – God gives Zechariah and Elizabeth a baby. He’ll get things ready for God’s Son.
Dec 15 – Luke 1:5-19, 23 An angel makes an announcement Zechariah doesn’t believe.
Dec 16 – Luke 1:26-33, 39-41 A baby jumps for joy.
Dec 17 – Luke 1:57-66, 76 His name is John!
Dec 18 – Mark 1:1-18 A grown-up John tells people “Jesus is coming!”
Dec 19 – Luke 3:3,7-8,10-14 John tells people to repent.
Dec 20 – Romans 4:7 God wants us to have joy!
Dec 21 – Isaiah 40:3-5 God said he would send someone to prepare the way for his Son. (See Luke 1:76 too)
God gives joy.
LOVE: December 22-24
Prophecy: The Messiah would come from Bethlehem.
Story – A child is born in Bethlehem
Dec 22 – Luke 2:6-14 No more waiting! The Messiah is here!
Dec 23 – John 3:16-17 The gift of Jesus is real love.
Dec 24 – Micah 5:2 A ruler would come out of the tiny town of Bethlehem.
God is love.
LIGHT: December 25
Prophecy – The Messiah would bring light into the world.
Story – Jesus changes lives!
God sends His light into the world.
All links are to the New Living Translation version; that makes for easier reading.
2019 © Carol Garborg