2018 Advent Devotional: Hopefully Preparing

During the Advent season we pick up the family devotions around church. We setup our advent wreath and do devotions every Sunday evening. We go to church and watch them light the advent wreath.

Our family has a lot of nativity scenes. We have a little wooden one that our friend made, a magnetic one to go on our stove, a toy nativity scene that I use to play with, along with my brothers, and a realistic one that is complete with every single detail. We probably have even more than that. My mom lets us set them up how we want them and then you can see them at various places in our house. At church, the seniors (12th Graders) do the nativity and we always go and see it.

On Christmas Eve we go to my grandparents church. They have another nativity that all the kids can participate in. I’ve been in it since I can remember. Even now I bring my little cousins up to the front of the church, and we get to watch as other kids come up; then Mary and Joseph, and then a kid walks in with a big star. All of the nativity scenes are a good reminder of what the real purpose of Christmas is about.

By Emily Thomas (7th Grade)

 

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” ~Luke 1:30-33

There is something special about seeing the nativity scene set up. Whether wooden, magnetic, toy, or live, just visualizing Mary, Joseph, and the angels gives us a sense of the hope that was in the air during these moments. As Luke describes, they were not just hoping for the birth of a child but the birth of a kingdom that will never end. A hope that prophetic words would be fulfilled through the birth of the Christ Child.

As we enter into this Advent Season, may we do so with that same sense of hope. As you set up your nativity or look at others, allow yourself to be in that moment in time, when they prepared for the birth of Jesus. Spend some time prayerfully reflecting upon the hope you have in Christ.

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