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Advent Family Devotions

This blog is designed for individuals and families to share in discussion around the lighting of the Advent wreath. This may happen at a dinner table or in the living room. The goal is to get everyone talking and reading scripture together. There will be 5 devotionals a week and a prepartion day for the following Sunday on Saturday. We (Pastor Matt & Pamm Anderson) hope these devotions will help you and your family connect with God and each other this Advent Season.

December 19, 2015

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Peace- Day 4: Jesus Gives You Rest

December 2, 2015

What happens in your house the day and week after Christmas?

 

In our house the days and week after Christmas are filled with a lot of toy playing and resting. Like some workplaces, the church closes the office and I get to spend a week at home with the family. Sometimes we welcome family from out of town but there are usually a couple of days of just us. It’s a time to rest and recharge.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (CEB)

“Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves. My yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”

 

Jesus reminds us that we sometimes carry a lot during the holiday season but he becomes our rest. Maybe we are worn out from rushing around during the season or we are mourning the loss of someone close to us. He reminds us that we can find rest and restoration in him.

 

How does Jesus give you rest? How does God comfort you? What are some ways you can incorporate these into this season?

 

Make a list together and put them in a place you see often and put them into practice.

 

Light the Candle of Peace.  As you light the candle, be reminded that Jesus is the Prince of Peace that wants to give you rest and restoration.

 

Pray together asking for Jesus to give you breaks in which you spend time with him in prayer and in God’s word. Ask God to bless your list and give you opportunities throughout Advent to practice each of them.

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