My goal for us this Advent is to experience His wonder daily.
We’ll begin each day by praying, Come Lord Jesus
and then reflect on the Christ of Christmas.
Some days we’ll sense His presence,
some days we won’t,
but drawing near to Him,
reflecting on the WONDER of Him and His Word,
will help us move through the season with
the right heart attitude:
and experiencing His peace.
Then, we won’t end up like this:
There is also going to be an optional audio each day
from “Wonderpod.” Sarah Dahl, a wise mother I so respect, does it for
children, but we are all to be children at heart, living in childlike wonder.
Try it for at least a few days to see if it ministers to you. If not, or you don’t have the time, just skip it.
Sunday, December 1st:
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
- When and where will you spend time with Him each day — and what can you do so your mind isn’t distracted from this time despite your Christmas “to do” list
- Pray: Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Sarah Dahl is the daughter-in-law of my dear friend Ann, and I’m extremely impressed by her very thoughtful website for children. Her team has produced a short daily devotional for children that can be heard wherever podcasts are found. Subscribe for free or click here and then click on Listen.
4. Any reflections on the podcast?
Monday: Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
5. Did you experience any wonder yesterday — in your time with Him or during your worship service? If so, share.
Connecting with the great old hymns also connects us with believers from generations past. The theology is so rich in these lyrics from Charles Wesley. As you listen and meditate on the words, be ready to share any theology that caused you to think or to wonder!
6. Did anything stand out to you? What and why?
7. Meditate on these words from Zechariah’s prayer in Luke 2:67-75 and share anything that strikes you.
8. Any reflections on the podcast?
Tuesday: Israel’s Hope and Consolation
Jesus was Israel’s hope and consolation, and He is also ours. This is one of my favorite passages from psalms:
9. Share a recent (if possible) time when you had great anxiety but the Lord’s consolation brought joy to your soul. (We want to wonder with you!)
10. What anxieties do you have right now that you can bring to Him, with thanksgiving? (Phil. 4:6)
11. Any reflections on the podcast?
Wednesday: Hope of All The Earth Thou Art
Here’s a fact that causes me to wonder. Eighty percent of the participants of all the world’s religions are in the area where that religion was founded — BUT NOT CHRISTIANITY. IT IS EVERYWHERE. Here is a map of the predominant religion of the continents of the world. Look and WONDER. The brown is Christianity — this is an older map, I couldn’t get the newest to work here, but the brown has spread, especially in Africa.
Charles Wesley, who wrote the lyrics to Come Thou Long Expected Jesus founded the Methodist Church, which has good roots. It was the African Methodists who insisted this year to the North Americans that the Methodist church hold to God’s definition of marriage. One man said, “You came to my ancestors and asked them to give up polygamy — and it was hard — but they obeyed for they wanted to be true to God’s definition of marriage. So why are you coming to us now and asking us to abandon God’s definition of marriage?”
Think of our brothers and sisters from every tribe and nation singing Christmas carols now — and wonder!
12. What was John’s vision in Revelation 7:9-10.
13. What from the above produces wonder in your heart?
14. Any reflections on the podcast?
Thursday: Born A Child and Yet A King
Meditate on the lyrics, noticing in particular the four lines that begin with “Born.”
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.
15. Write out the four sentences with born in them. Do any cause you to wonder? If so, why?
16. How does Isaiah 9:6a echo “Born a child and yet a King?”
17. Any reflections on the podcast?
Friday: By Thine Own Eternal Spirit Rule In All Our Hearts Alone
18. Meditate on Colossians 3:1-4 and pray what stands out to you for yourself for this day.
19. Do you have a favorite rendition of Come Thou Long Expected Jesus? If so, share it here and tell us why you love it.
20. Any reflections on the podcast?
Saturday: Share the Wonder
21. Any reflections on the podcast?
22. How did the Lord meet you or bring wonder to your heart this first week of Advent?