Preparing for Jesus: 5 advent season devotionals

Does your family celebrate the advent season? Some of you were well-prepared this year. Others may not have started yet. In case you’re still looking for a devotional to read on your own or with your family this season, here are a few we really like.

  1. Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing’s video devotionals on Instagram look at the Christmas story from Mary’s perspective. Dr. Orr-Ewing holds a doctorate of theology, and her deep commentary on the culture and the mother of Jesus is moving and thought-provoking.
  2. Biola University’s 2021 Advent Project provides a daily rhythm of anticipatory reflection, created by their Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts. Each biblical devotion features art, music, poetry, and inspiring words for contemplation. Note that this advent calendar starts on the first day of Advent, November 28, 2021, and continues through Epiphany, January 7, 2022.
  3. Tim Keller’s 27-day Advent series walks through four weeks themed around four fruits of the spirit we associate with Christmas: Hope, love, joy, and peace, to center your heart on the meaning of Christmas. Keller provides a passage, a meditation, and a simple prayer to help you center your heart on the meaning of Christmas this season. You can search for the individual days, or sign up to receive a new devotional each day by email.
  4. While it’s not actually a Christmas devotional, if you’d like to prepare your heart for this giving season with a biblical understanding of what generosity is and how God can use it to transform your life, you can find the Christmas version of our biblical principles of generosity here.
  5. Sometimes, Christmas is hard. If you’re struggling with feeling disconnected, mourning a loss, concerned about how secular Christmas feels, or already exhausted and will be glad it’s over, this may be the devotional for you. Dr. Scott Rodin and his daughter, Lindsay, offer Stewarding Christmas to help you discover moments of meaning, joy, peace, and worship.


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