“As a little child” is how Jesus said we must enter the kingdom of God, and that is how we will be celebrating this years Advent devotions. Every day will start with an idea that is great for children, and draws us into child like faith. Each week we will follow a theme in harmony with the Advent candle meaning.
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Today, read the bible passage above while holding your child on your lap.
Sing: “Jesus Loves Me”, “Jesus Loves The Little Children”, and other Sunday School songs.
If your children are older they can hold a younger sibling or one of their dolls as they sing.
All grown up? Jump to the Big People section.
Set up your Advent wreath or log and explain a little of why we light candles, or decorate a Jesse tree.
For The Big People
Why must we be like children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and what does that mean?
What is it to mature and grow up in our society? Does it mean that we carry the world on our shoulders with worries and cares? Many think so.
Is it daily efforts to make ends meet? Working, earning money, paying bills, buying things, taking care of things, all these are the ways we fill our days.
Do we spend more time watching TV or playing on our computers than we do caring and interacting with one another?
Give some time to the Savior with a few minutes of prayer for the less fortunate. Give praise to Our Father God for things you are thankful for today.
Today, decide to take this devotional time to show love to each member. Group hug! Hand out cookies or make hot chocolate and sit together giving each other twenty minutes of quality time today.
Father in Heaven,
Thank you for loving us, for taking time with us as your children…now we take time to turn our eyes to you and tell you we love you. We are happy to be together and be with you. Amen.
Today’s candle is the “Candle of Prophecy” or “Candle of Hope”. In the Advent wreath, the traditional candles and their colors are …
1st CANDLE- (purple) “CANDLE OF HOPE”
2nd CANDLE- (purple) “CANDLE OF PREPARATION”
3rd CANDLE- (pink) “CANDLE OF JOY”
4th CANDLE- (purple) “CANDLE OF LOVE”
5th CANDLE -(white) “CHRIST CANDLE”
– See more about making preparations for Advent.
[box type=”bio”] Simple gifts, simple activities,reflecting how Christ came according to plan, not with fanfare and fancy preparations, but as a little baby in the most elementary of circumstances.[/box]