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Advent Calendar 2019

Advent is the time we look forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth.  This year Advent begins on Sunday, December 1.  Families around the world have different traditions to celebrate Christmas.  We hope this online devotional guide helps your family continue your tradition of anticipating Christmas or help you start a new tradition.  
Some families light candles on an Advent wreath.  Some sing a Christmas Carol together.  Some drink hot chocolate and read verses.  However your family celebrates each day together, we hope it is a special time of worship and memory-making.
"But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man."
Luke 2:51b-52

Sunday, December 1 – First Sunday of Advent

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 1:18-21

First Advent Wreath Candle – Prophecy (Purple)
Every night this week, light the first purple candle of your Advent wreath.
Share details with your kids about when you found out they were going to join your family—either by pregnancy, adoption or blended family.  Remind them how excited you were to find out about their arrival. Read the verses from Matthew. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.

Monday, December 2

Scripture Reading:  Genesis 1:1-26

Lead your kids into a darkened room to read Genesis 1:1-26. (You may need a small flashlight.) When you arrive at verse 3, turn on the lights. As you read through the remaining verses, pass around items that offer glimpses of God's Creation -- a leaf from a plant, magazine photos of fish and wildlife. You can challenge your older kids to research short videos online. Images of the planets and wildlife can be very inspirational. Explain that the Bible says we can see God's power and know He is real by all the things He has made. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 2
Genesis 1:1-26

Tuesday, December 3

Scripture Reading:  John 1:1-3

With your kids, inflate several balloons. Put the balloons on table and take turns blowing them around. Can you see the breath that fills the balloons or moves them?
Things such as our breath and words aren’t seen, but they can make things happen. God’s words are even more powerful than ours. He spoke and created everything in the universe. Only God can do that. That’s part of the reason that Jesus is called the “Word.” He existed before the world was created. God made all things through the Word, who is Jesus. Jesus is the source of all things.  Read the verses from John. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 3
John 1:1-3

Wednesday, December 4

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 1:1-17

Find photos of grandparents, great-grandparents or other distant relatives. Talk about things that have been passed down to your children: beliefs, interests, talents, and heirlooms. Discuss how family names are passed down, too.
Jesus was called the “Son of David” not because His dad’s name was David but because His ancestor was King David, a special king whom God had chosen to rule over Israel. God had said that the Savior of the world would come from David’s family line. And that Savior is Jesus!  Read the verses from Matthew. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 4
Matthew 1:1-17

Thursday, December 5

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 7:14

Together, make a list of all the different names you can think of for Jesus. Talk about names and nicknames different family members have—the same person may be Grandma, Sarah, Mom and Honey.  Read the verses from Isaiah. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 5
Isaiah 7:14

Friday, December 6

Scripture Reading:  Revelation 5:3-5

Listen to a free audio clip from the Radio Theatre drama The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuprLizc5ac) Mr. Beaver says that Aslan, the lion who symbolizes Jesus, is not safe, but he is good.
Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Lions are strong and courageous—even ferocious—but Jesus always uses His power for good. Jesus’ earthly family was part of a bigger family (a tribe) known as “Judah,” named for one of Jacob’s 12 sons. People were expecting a savior, the Messiah, to come from this family. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah may not be “safe,” but He is good. How do you think you will feel when you meet Him?  Read the verses from Revelation. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 6
Revelation 5:3-5

Saturday, December 7

Scripture Reading:  Micah 5:4

The prophet Micah used the image of a shepherd to describe the coming Messiah. Jesus used the same imagery to tell people about himself, saying that He came to seek and save the lost.
Choose a family member to become the "lost sheep." While all the other family members close their eyes and count to 30, the one "lost sheep" hides somewhere in the house (or outside, weather permitting). The family searches for the one who has gone astray, and when he is found, everyone celebrates. Together, thank Jesus for seeking and saving His lost lambs. Read the verses from Micah. Light the first purple candle and share a prayer together.
Dec 7
Micah 5:4

Sunday, December 8 – Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 9:6-7

Second Advent Wreath Candle – Bethlehem (Purple)
Every night this week, light the first and second purple candles of your Advent wreath.
Dec 8
Isaiah 9:6-7
With your child, talk about obstacles that might be in the way when walking to another room in your house. Then blindfold the child and guide her to her destination using only your voice. Redirect or comfort your child if she goes in the wrong direction.
Sometimes it feels like we’re wearing a blindfold because we don’t know how to work through a tough situation, like when we have disagreements with friends or are tempted to do things we shouldn’t do. One of Jesus’ names is Counselor. A counselor listens, guides and comforts. Jesus can guide us through any situation or problem because He sees and knows everything. Read the verses from Isaiah. Light the first two purple candles and share a prayer together.

Monday, December 9

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 2:1-12

Dec 9
Matthew 2:1-12
The Magi were distinguished men from the East who traveled a great distance to honor Jesus after His birth. They followed a star that eventually led them to the Christ child.
Take your children on a journey throughout your home, searching for the hidden star in each room. These could be star ornaments, stickers or simply stars drawn on paper. Conclude your search in front of your Christmas tree, and consider allowing each child to place the star of his or her choice on the tree as a symbol of your (and the Magi's) journey. Read the verses from Matthew. Light the first two purple candles and share a prayer together.

Tuesday, December 10

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 10:1-4

Dec 10
1 Corinthians 10:1-4
Ask kids to stand on different items such as a pillow or an empty soda can. What would happen if you had to rely on those items beneath your feet to keep you steady? The pillow would become unstable and the can would flatten. Then have your kids stand on a concrete sidewalk or basement floor. How stable is the sidewalk or floor?
Jesus is our Rock. We don’t stand on Him physically, but He provides the solid and sturdy base for how we view the world. He’s there through all our troubles and is a solid foundation for our faith. He never loses His love for us. He never fails! Read the verses from I Corinthians. Light the first two purple candles and share a prayer together.