“Just a few minutes of forethought today could go a long way in making this year special for your family, or spiritually significant for you personally.”– David Mathis
Why Advent? Noel Piper has some great words on the subject, but simply put… to extend the joy of Christmas!
There are tons of great resources for Advent season… you can see some of my favorites in our holiday store section of our website.
Since there are so many options, I thought I would outline my top 4 resources for Advent this year.
1. For my personal devotions this Advent, I will be using John Piper’s The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. Click the title for a free PDF download.
Advent is for adoring Jesus.
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming—the arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity.
This is the greatest of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening and intensifying the joy of Christmas.
These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season. (www.desiringgod.org)
2. For our family devotions this Advent, we plan to use this brand new resource from Marty Machowski, Prepare Him Room. For a fuller description of this resource, check out my blog post here.
3. Last year, John Piper also put out an Advent devotional. I found it encouraging and it helped prepare my heart for celebrating and remembering the coming of Jesus. Preparing our hearts for Him means preparing for great joy! Get a free PDF download of John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy.
4. Finally, I found this little book witty, an easy read, and a great encouragement. I gave them out to a lot of friends last year as gifts. I know it will be an encouragement to you. Grab a copy of Steve Estes’ A Better December.
A Better December casts ancient King Solomon as a farsighted author who penned his famous Proverbs to coach modern people through the stress and melancholy of the Christmas holidays. With a zippy style and playful mood, Steve Estes’s little volume moves from the sage’s clever holiday tips to a gentle but compelling introduction to the One behind Christmas. It is spread with poignant, but not sappy, true stories. Pint-sized and pen-and-ink-illustrated, A Better December is intended as a book to give at Christmas.
Whatever you choose, make some plans now to Prepare Room for the Savior Who has come and is coming again!