Advent Devotions for
November 29 – December 25, 2020
On the Way to Bethlehem
Advent is a Journey!
Some journeys involve sitting back, relaxing and watching the world go by. Advent isn’t a journey like this. Advent is the kind of a journey that bids us to become active participants, walking and talking with everyone and everything we encounter along the way. Being active helps us better prepare for what we will discover at the end of this road we are travelling together.
Some journeys don’t seem to have a destination in mind, but are merely opportunities to go wandering. Advent isn’t like that either. Advent is a journey that from the very day we begin is leading us to Bethlehem where we will meet the Christ child. We may wander off the road from time to time, exploring unexpected discoveries along the way, but no matter where we wander we come back to the road that leads us to Bethlehem.
One way we can be active on our Advent journey is to set aside time every day to reflect on the stories found in scripture that lead us toward Bethlehem, to consider how God is preparing us to hear the Good News, and to offer our prayers of thanksgiving and adoration to God. If you have not done daily devotions before, Advent is a perfect season to begin this spiritual discipline. This booklet has been written to accompany you on a devotional journey; it will serve as your guidebook to Bethlehem.
As you go through these devotions you will find yourself walking with the prophets, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi. Each of them will accompany us on our way to Bethlehem, sharing their experiences of God’s promises, their experience of hope realized, and the fulness of God’s love for us all. Find a quiet time to set apart each day to meet each of them along your way.
Our thanks to Dr. Tori Smit
Regional Minister for Faith Formation for the Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda, for her permission to use this devotional material in conjunction with Family of Christ’s Advent journey!