Receive Him: A Disciple’s Advent Readings

Weekly Family Worship Devotionals

The Full Version of this Devotional with daily family worship activities can be purchased HERE.


Awaiting the Birth (available Nov. 21)

The wonder of birth is wrapped up in waiting.

As we wait for a baby to be born, he or she is growing inside of mother’s womb.

There’s a lot that happens in that time of waiting… read more here

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Peter’s Hope (available Nov. 28)

Believe it or not, a lot of people disagree on when an unborn baby is alive. Even with all our technology that shows fetal development and heartbeat, society still wrestles with the question of when a baby is a living person.

In his book Discovering Design with Biology, Jay Wile details the seven characteristics of life as 1. Irreducible complexity 2. Metabolism 3. Maintaining a constant internal environment 4. Response to a stimulus 5. Adaptation 6. Reproduction and 7. The ability to grow and develop. 

We can see each of these seven characteristics of life at work when a baby is just forming as a single cell……read more here

Baby Maeve

John’s Love (available Dec. 5)

The disciple John chose a nickname for himself: the disciple whom Jesus loved. 

He defined himself by the love of Jesus. He knew what love was because He had known Jesus. 

When a woman finds out that she is expecting a baby, she often starts eating differently, exercising differently, and planning differently. You can tell that she already loves the little life that is growing inside of her because she puts the baby’s needs and preferences ahead of her own.

Maybe she used to drink lots of coffee, but now… more here

Baby Judah

James’s Joy (avalable Dec. 12)

One of the last things Jesus told His disciples before His crucifixion was, “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow that her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will have joy, and no one will take your joy from you.”

Birth is messy. Risky. Life-changing. It is also painful. 

However, joy makes it worth enduring. Joy helps us endure any trial. 

Picture joy as a warrior. Joy stands at the ready, surrounded on every side by the wolves of anguish, sorrow, and difficulty. As his enemies close in on more here

Nan’s Kurdish Kilim

Paul’s Peace (available Dec. 19)

When my grandmother passed away, I inherited a unique Kurdish kilim.

It is a woven hall runner with intricately made designs. When I turn it over to clean, I am always amazed at the tangles of knots and thread on the back. The artisans who weave kilims have an amazing skill.

Psalm 139 tells us that the Lord God carefully wove each of us as we were being formed in the womb. Not only are the intricate parts of our cells fascinatingly constructed, but even our skin, the most visible part of us is arranged in a basketweave formation. If you look closely at the skin under a microscope, it is woven together.

This weave is so unique that it can’t even be replicated by the healing process of scarring….read more here

First Christmas

Christ’s Gift (available Dec. 24)

An old ornament hangs on my tree. It says, “Baby’s First Christmas 1983.”

My first Christmas happened a long time ago, and I don’t remember any gift or event from that day. However, Christ’s Gift only grows more poignant and memorable with time. 

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” John wrote. Christmas Day has come and gone many times, but Jesus has come! He has pitched His tent here with us, and He has promised, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” He has also promised, “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”

Christ’s Gift isn’t hope or love or joy or peace. Christ’s Gift is….read more here

Merry Christmas!
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