Sunday, November 27, 2016

The ABCs of Advent - The First Sunday of Advent

In 2007 (the year my mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor), I took some time away from the ministry in the early fall and was encouraged to prepare something for our families within the church and beyond to use during the season of Advent.  While life had been such a whirlwind that year, it was a simple time to write about simple things that have such great impact.  I shared the idea to the children within the ministry, had them draw a few things, and then spent hours and hours in front of a computer and with the copy/print company to produce something by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Out of that effort, with God's grace and blessing, much prayer and continual editing came A is for Advent, an Advent devotional for families.  It was tool and resource for studying God's word, reflecting on His plan for mankind, and practicing the simple ABCs throughout the upcoming 4 weeks as we look towards Christmas Day.
Each year, since we've had children, we use this devotional for our family and enjoy the conversations that grow from it, year to year.  We always love to share what we're learning, and hope you find encouragement from this too.