{Day 1} The (Empty) Stable: Waiting for Jesus Then and Now


Right now we are beginning the season of Advent. At the end of Advent is Christmas. The word “advent” means “coming.” It is the season when we remember the coming of Jesus Christ, God’s only son, into the world. Have you ever waited for something for a long time? God’s people had been waiting for a very long time for God to send a Savior to them and keep all of his promises. That Savior was Jesus–who was born long ago in a stable in Bethlehem. The baby Jesus would grow up to save all of God’s people. Yet that is not all of the good news. It was God’s plan to send Jesus to the world twice. He came long ago and he is coming back again. Like the people of Israel, we are waiting for him to come.

Jesus, thank you for coming down into our world! As we learn about your coming help us to see what you have done for us. Help us to be ready for you to come again. Amen.

Bible Readings: Psalm 130; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18

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8 Responses to {Day 1} The (Empty) Stable: Waiting for Jesus Then and Now

  1. Lucy Olson says:

    Betsy. What a smashing success Day 1 was! Thank you so much for your work.

  2. meagan says:

    Thank you for this! My sister (cailan-everyday lovely) told me about your advent series today as i was telling her i still didn’t have an advent plan for my 4 kiddos. We even have this playmobile set already! yay! so excited. 🙂

  3. Lucy Olson says:

    Betsy, this is Dan (Lucy’s husband)… How would you feel about Hope Academy printing copies of your advent reflections to give out to families at Hope Academy (not this year, but next year…)… Let me know. We’re planning on compiling a Hope Academy book for families, with the Declaration and other things…. Let me know.

  4. jennifer says:

    Best, i see this question was asked in 2012. but i am a mother to 2 girls and work in our childrens ministry at church as well. is there a way to obtain a printed copy of your advent readings ? you and your husband did such a lovely job tailoring them to the kids . i have been having a hard time finding ones that are short enough yet still interesting enough at the ages my kids are and this is a great tool guiding me into doing a better job with that.

    • betsy says:

      Hi Jennifer, on the page that lists all the readings there is a link to a PDF with the printed text of all of the readings. It’s pretty basic and without illustrations, but the text and the prayers, as well as the suggested Scripture readings, are there. I hope this helps you and that you are blessed by the readings. Have a merry Christmas!!

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