Resources for Advent 2014
Advent, meaning "coming" or "arrival", is the four week period running up to Christmas, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. For some this is a special time of the year to reflect more deeply on the coming of Jesus into the world to save sinners. Although we should always be thinking on these things, there is value in celebrating special seasons each year. As one authors puts it "When evertything is special, nothing is. God wants us to cultivate a biblical cadence and rhythm to our lives, and not a constant pounding 1".
Below are some resources you might find helpful:
Advent Meditations from Redeemer Presbyterian Church
A Bible reading plan, questions for reflection or dicussion, prayers and a family study.
When God Comes Near: 24-7 Prayer Advent Podcast
A new daily podcast for Advent from the folks at 24-7 prayer
Advent: The Dawning of Indestructible Joy
Daily Readings for Advent from John Piper, available as a free PDF or to purchase on Kindle.
God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything
A short eBook explaining the importance of Christmas, it also contains daily readings and prayers for Advent.
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room: Daily Family Devotions for Advent
Along with devotions for every day in December, this resource includes explanations of some hard-to-understand aspects of popular Christmas carols, and discussion questions to draw in your kids.