Family Advent Devotions: Week 1
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 "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"]
Have someone read Luke 1:26-38 (NIrV):
"In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel greeted her and said, “The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you.”
Mary was very upset because of his words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king like his father David of long ago. The Son of the Most High God will rule forever over his people. They are from the family line of Jacob. That kingdom will never end.”
“How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you. The power of the Most High God will cover you. So the holy one that is born will be called the Son of God. Your relative Elizabeth will have a child even though she is old. People thought she could not have children. But she has been pregnant for six months now. That’s because what God says will always come true.”
“I serve the Lord,” Mary answered. “May it happen to me just as you said it would.” Then the angel left her.
• Was the angel asking some big or something small from Mary?
• What reasons could Mary have given why she wasn’t ready to become a mother to God’s son?
• How did Mary react instead?
• What kinds of hard things does God want you to do?
• Have everyone thank God for something he has done for them.
• Have each person pray for another member in the family.
• Pray for people who need healing this week.
• 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.