“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (NIV) Luke 1:38
The four weeks leading up to Christmas are a special time for God's people to join together in anticipation of Christ's birth. This time is called Advent.
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Light the second Advent candle: Peace. This week, you would also light the candle from the previous week (Hope).
Have someone say, “This is the second week of Advent. We light the candle of hope from last week. Today, we light the candle of peace.” Have someone light the candle of hope and then the candle of peace.
Talk about the devotion Advent: A Time of Peace. You might use the prayer at the end of the devotion together.
Ask this question: “In what ways can we show the peace of Christ to others?” Allow each family member to answer the question, and then have a conversation about what peace means to them. After the sharing time, say, “Let’s find ways to show the peace in Jesus to everyone we meet this week.”
Listen to (or even sing!) a family-favorite Christmas carol about peace like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” You can listen to an Advent playlist on Spotify We also love "Waiting Songs" by Rain for Roots.
We pray that this practice of participating in Advent gives your family a deep sense of anticipation for Christmas. May God bless you during this special season.