Posted by: Brad Beaman | December 2, 2007

Christmas: Family Advent

Here is what our family is doing this year for advent:

We are going through these Scritpures below.

This Christmas the ages of my children are 15 years, 6 years and 2 years.

At the end of the Bible reading we light the advent candle and put up the manger peice on our big moveable advent wall hanging.  

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Advent Scriptures:

Date

Theme

Scripture Suggestion

Suggested

Daily reading

Mon – Sat

2 Dec 07

A Child Will Be Born To Us

Isaiah 9:2-6

Gen. 1:26-31

Gen. 3:1-24

Gen. 3:15Deut. 18:15-19Isa. 7:10-14

Isa. 11:1-5

9 Dec 07

The Birth of Christ

Matthew 1:18-25;

Luke 2:1-7

Isa. 19:19-25

Isa. 40:9-11

Isa. 42:1-4

Isa. 49:1-7

Isa. 53:1-12

Isa. 61:1-3

16 Dec 07

The Shepherds & the Angels

Luke 2:8-20

Jer. 23:5-6

Micah 5:2

Zech. 9:9-10

Mal. 3:1

Luke 1:1-25

Luke 1:26-38

23 Dec 07

The Visit of the Magi

Matthew 2:1-12

Luke 1:39-56

Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:21-38

Col. 1:15-23

Rev. 5:1-14

Rev. 21:1-7

About Advent

The word advent means “coming.”  Christians know and celebrate the season of Advent as a time of preparation and reflection in anticipation of Christmas, the celebration of Christ’s birth.  Throughout the Advent season, Christians also acknowledge and anticipate the promised second coming of Jesus Christ.

1.      The season of Advent represents the coming of the King as a human child.  In the form of a baby, wrapped in cloth and laid to rest in a manger of straw, Jesus came to us.  We commemorate this event on Christmas Day.

2.      The season of Advent fills us with the coming of the King in Word and Spirit, about which we witness and for which we live the year around.

3.      The season of Advent invites us to reflect on the second coming of the King – that time when Jesus will return in glory at the end of time as we know it.

Lighting of Advent Candles

Of all the symbols, the one that has come to be the most meaningful and the most universal is light; pure and perfect light.

The lighting of candles has been a part of religious worship for centuries. The Hebrews burned candles for eight days as a part of their Feast of Lights. Light has been used by many religious groups to symbolize truth, while darkness has been the universal symbol for evil.

Since Jesus is referred to as “the light of the world” in the New Testament, the lighting of candles has become an important part of Christian worship. Some early Christian leaders stated that the wax of the candles represented the body of Christ, while the wick symbolized His soul, and the flame portrayed His divine nature.

When Joseph and Mary presented Jesus in the temple, Simeon referred to the Christ child as “a light to lighten the Gentiles.” From this statement, church leaders have used candles to symbolize the light of Christ shining throughout a sin-darkened world.

As we light the candles, we symbolize His coming into the world of sin and evil, war and strife, stress and turmoil, suffering and death. He came to bring hope and help to those who were held captive by oppression, and to guide them to personal peace and joy through the illumination of His message of the love of God.

When we receive Christ, we become lights in the world as the light of His life is seen through us.

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Responses

  1. I’m glad to see there are other voices blogging about Advent today. I’ve just posted mine as well,
    here. I’m happy to “meet” you!

  2. Thanks for the great idea. I have that same advent wall hanging and am trying to get one for a gift. the only one I found exactly like it was $35.00. I know I didn’t pay that much for it. Do you remember where you purchased yours.
    Thanks

    • Pat, We ordered our advent calander from focus on the family and I don’t know if they still cary it. The price you mentioned sounds the same as we paid.


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