It’s December! Do you have any Advent devotional booklets? Many churches hand them out during this time of a year. Advent devotions are a great way to remind yourself about what Christmas is really about–the birth of our Savior!
At my wife’s Catholic church in Oak Park, they hand out Advent devotion booklets every year. She loves these devotion books. However, we recently moved to Glen Ellyn, where they?don’t hand out these devotions (just a single sheet paper calendar). My wife Sarah was really disappointed.
Being the good Lutheran husband, I went searching for a Lutheran devotional book for Advent. The Lutheran Hour Ministries offers a free Advent devotional book. The PDF has the printer pages already set! All you have to do is print, fold, and staple. I love it! Sarah will love it too.
Lutheran Hour Ministries says about the 2017 Advent book:
In Love Came Down we see how the Heavenly Father spared nothing?not even His own Son?to work out our salvation. Though we had rebelled in our sins and spurned God and His Commandments, He chose us?not for exclusion, but redemption. The Father?s love sought us out in our perilous condition and, in His infinite mercy, bridged the divide to our isolation through Jesus?the one Mediator between God and Man.
?Jesus came to be in our lives, a part of our lives, one of us. He came to be our Savior, and that is not a job someone can do by standing safely at a distance. Instead, He embraced our human nature?He was born, He grew, He lived, worked, and suffered, He died. And then He rose from the dead,? writes author Dr. Kari Vo.
The story of our salvation is a hard-fought victory. What began in a humble manger stall in Bethlehem on Christmas morn reached its zenith when Jesus?child of Mary, Son of God?was crucified, died, and rose from the dead three days later. This is what God did for us; this is what happened when love came down.