Praise the Lord, you angels of his. Praise him, you mighty ones who carry out his orders and obey his word.

Psalm 103:20


If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know I try to do something fun for families around different holidays through the year. Part of that means that every year I show up with a unique Family Advent Reading plan. I’m super excited about this year’s take–looking at Christmas through the eyes of the angel assignments.

The Christmas story is filled with angels, God’s messengers on special assignment. And two thousand years ago, they were extra busy carrying out God’s orders. God’s redemption plan was officially about to begin. Everything had to be perfect for the appearance of Jesus, the Messiah.


2018 Family Advent Reading Plan:
God’s Angel Assignments


Each reading highlights God’s special angel assignments through the Christmas story. Below every reading is the title of an optional corresponding devotional in When Will It be Christmas? 25 Stories and Family Activities for Advent.

You might want to add an different angel ornament to your Christmas tree each week.

For a printable version, click here.


Week One, December 2-8 – The first angel assignment

Assignment: Tell Zechariah his prayers have been answered—he and Elizabeth will have a son!

Read Luke 1:5-17

“You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins” (Luke 1:76-77).

(Corresponding devotional “Day 4: Happy to Answer”)



Week Two, December 9-15 – The second angel assignment

Assignment: Visit Mary and give her the news that she’s been chosen to have the Son of God.

Read Luke 1:26-38

“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28).

(Corresponding devotional “Day 8: Bigger and Better”)



Week Three, December 16-22 – The third angel assignment

Assignment: Encourage Joseph to marry Mary. Let him know everything is going to be okay.

Read Matthew 1:20-25

“The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20)

(Corresponding devotional “Day 10: A Parent to Love Me”)



Week Four, December 23-23 – The fourth angel assignment

Assignment: Make the most important birth announcement—ever!

Read Luke 2:1-18

“Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people”
(Luke 2:10).

(Corresponding devotional “Day 14: Scared Shepherds”)



Bonus week: December 30-Jan 5 – The fifth angel assignment

Assignment: Warn Joseph and Mary that they are in danger.

Read Matthew 2:1-14

“Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother and escape” (Matthew 1:13).

(Corresponding devotional “Day 20: Lickety-Split”)



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