Advent is a season of anticipation and hopefulness; it is a time in which we rejoice in the One who has come, the One who has conquered sin and death, the One who has perfectly fulfilled God’s promise of a Savior. Advent is not just a time of remembrance but brings about an eagerness as the people of God readily and enthusiastically await His arrival. It is a season ripe with opportunity as we seek to settle our hearts and minds, our hopes and dreams, excitedly and hopefully on the promises of God.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
-Isaiah 9:6-7, ESV
As far as I can remember growing up, I didn’t participate in the season of Advent. There may have been some mention of it in our home or some celebration of it, loosely, within our church or even some elements that I just didn’t understand at the time but from what I remember, the rich traditions of Advent were not something readily seen or practiced (outside of a calendar that gave me chocolates each day through December). It really wasn’t until the past decade or so that I began to consider what Advent was and how it might play a role in my faith and my home. Since then, Advent is a time I look forward to each year with great rejoicing and worship. And so I am pumped not only about the upcoming season of Advent in just a few short days but also by the opportunity to participate in this time with my church family. This year, Riverlawn is preaching a series through Advent and we have created a household guide that goes along with the series as an opportunity for you and your home to celebrate this season together.
This Sunday, at each of our services, we will have an Advent guide available for each household. Within this guide will be a series of devotionals aligned with our upcoming sermon series, Adventure. These devotionals, two for each week of Advent, are more than just daily readings; they are daily opportunities for you and your home to focus heart, mind, soul, life on the Savior. Each devotional has Scripture, discussion questions, prayer prompts, songs of praise, and hands-on activities as a means to encourage you in this season. Our earnest desire and prayer are for this guide to be an opportunity to draw nearer and deeper in communion with God through Christ, an opportunity for community and conversations with the family, and an opportunity for you to meditate on the glorious promises of God and how they are perfectly and completely fulfilled in Christ.
Not able to join us in person or prefer a digital copy? You can download the guide right here.