Family Advent Devotions: Week 3
Have someone light a candle.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
Oh come, let us adore him!
[Sing "Joy to the World"]
Have someone read Luke 2:8-20 (NIrV):
There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby. It was night, and they were taking care of their sheep. An angel of the Lord appeared to them. And the glory of the Lord shone around them. They were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news. It will bring great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. Here is how you will know I am telling you the truth. You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a large group of angels from heaven also appeared. They were praising God. They said,
“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!
And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!”
The angels left and went into heaven. Then the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby. The baby was lying in the manger. After the shepherds had seen him, they told everyone. They reported what the angel had said about this child. All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over. The shepherds returned. They gave glory and praise to God. Everything they had seen and heard was just as they had been told.
Have you ever gotten a gift that made you really happy? What was it?
Were the angels happy about Jesus being born? How can you tell?
Were the shepherds excited about Jesus being born? How can you tell?
The angels said that Jesus would bring great joy for “all people.” Who does that include?
How can we show people that we’re excited about Jesus?
• Thank God for giving us the gift of Jesus
• Have each person pray for another member in the family.
• Pray for people who are mean to us.
• If you have received any Christmas cards this week, pull them out and pray for those families.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Give each other a hug or kiss, or however you show affection in your family.