Dear Ones,

I hope you’ve been blessed by using our Advent devotion, “Child of Promise” every day – by yourself or with your loved ones – and that starting it has made a difference in your preparations for Christmas.

If you began using the devotions and got out of the habit, or never began in the first place, it’s never too late; resolve to start today!

We are now in the second weekend of Advent, and…

  • Our Advent worship this Wednesday evening at 6:30 in our sanctuary will be based on that day’s reading in our “Child of Promise” devotion. Remember to read and ponder the questions for reflection at the bottom of each page in the devotion. Today, and for the next two weeks, I’ll be adding a few questions which I hope will take us deeper into God’s Word.
  • Read, think, share, and pray using these questions before we meet for worship on Wednesday;
  • If you’re a home group leader, consider using these Wednesday devotions for your tie in the Word during Advent;
  • Have your devotional booklet, your pdf, or your browser open to the devotion if you’re with us in worship online.
  • Need the devotion? Go here: Download the PDF version. There are more paper copies of the devotion at our Welcome Center for you to pick up.

Read Luke 1:11a, 12-15a, 18 as shown in your devotional for Wednesday December 8 and find these questions…

  • Have you ever taken care of a newborn? What was it like?
  • With whom do you sympathize more: Doubting Zechariah or the doubted angel?
  • When has God surprised you?
  • My additions: Read Gen. 18:1-15 and Luke 1:26-23 and Mt. 2:18-25. In these “miracle baby” stories, note how the characters respond to the one who brings the good news. Note who the bringer of that news is! What do you notice about human nature – and divine nature – in these three accounts?
  • Note also, as the author does, that these “surprises” from God can often involve intense effort, work, and sorrow, all three of which were experienced by all the parents mentioned above. Look at what God says about such surprises in 1 Peter 4:12-19 and reflect on how much parental hardship was involved in the birth of Isaac, John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus.

I hope to see you live or online this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as we sing our favorite Christmas carols and take a break from the busyness to be together with the “Child of Promise,” Jesus.