While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (CEV) Matthew 1:20-21
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 fourth Advent candle: Love. This week, you would also light the candles from the previous weeks (Hope, Peace, and Joy).
Have someone say, “This is the fourth week of Advent. We light the candles of hope, peace, and joy from the weeks before. Today, we light the candle of love.” Have someone light the candles of hope, peace, joy, and lastly love.
Talk about the devotion Advent: A Time of Love. You might use the prayer at the end of the devotion together.
Ask this question: “In what ways can we show God’s love to others?” Allow each family member to answer the question, and then have a conversation about what love means to them. After the sharing time, say, “Let’s find ways to show our love in Jesus to everyone we meet this week.”
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.
Want to do a deep dive? Check out Family Fire's article How to Love Well at Christmas
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