“One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along, that while we need to be reassured of God’s arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God’s grace that gives us that faith. As with all spiritual knowledge, two things are true, and equally true, at once. The mind can’t grasp paradox; it is the knowledge of the soul.” Michelle Blake
I don’t like waiting. But, who does? Waiting is boring. Waiting is time-consuming. Waiting is hard. Waiting is especially hard if what you’re waiting for is a gift! As a kid, Christmas was the longest month on the calendar. It seemed to take FOREVER to get here. For a child, all that waiting was brutal.
As we approach December, we begin the season of waiting, better known as Advent. Advent is a time of waiting for the arrival of Jesus. If you know that you’re waiting for a gift, waiting becomes anticipation. We are looking forward to Christ’s coming. We are longing for the Incarnation. We wait, with joy!
One of my favorite things to do during Advent is reading the Jesus Storybook Bible! Side note: I cannot recommend the Jesus Storybook Bible enough, it’s my favorite version Bible. These daily readings give our family time to see the story of how our failure and God’s plan come together in Jesus! It’s amazing.
During the Advent season, we “try to” get our family together each night, read the daily story, and talk about it. We don’t always make it happen because we have 4 kids and life can get crazy. But if we do miss a night or two, we catch up on one evening. The readings are pretty short, so it’s not too hard. I’m not sure who loves it more, me or the kids. The first time we read it, I cried. Like, hard. Like, I almost couldn’t finish the reading. I couldn’t help it. The way the author, Sally Lloyd-Jones, wrote the story of creation and the fall was beautiful!
There are several handy lists of what to read each day that can be found on the internet. I took these lists and created a handy calendar that can be added to your devices to make it easier!
Click below to get access for free to the calendar. This calendar will start December 1 and will end on December 24 and will repeat each year.
If you’d like to receive notification of the readings daily in an email, please sign up below! The actual reading will start on 12/1/2017.