Advent is for adoring Jesus. Advent is an annual season of patient waiting, hopeful expectation, soul searching, and calendar watching marked by many churches, Christian families, and individual followers of Jesus. There’s no biblical mandate to observe Advent. It is optional—a tradition that developed over the course of the church’s history as a time of preparation for Christmas Day. Many of us find observing Advent to be spiritually challenging, enjoyable, and beneficial.
The English word advent is from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” Each year Advent focuses on the first coming of Jesus two thousand years ago. But Jesus’s second coming gets drawn in as well. Advent begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends Christmas Eve.
Christians throughout the world have their different ways of celebrating Advent and various practical manifestations. Some light candles. Some sing songs. Some eat candies. Some give gifts. Some hang wreaths. Many of us do all of the above. Over the centuries, we have developed many good ways of extending the celebration of Jesus’s coming beyond merely the short twenty-four hours of December 25. Indeed, it’s something we will celebrate for all eternity.
Our prayer is that this daily devotional might help you keep Jesus as the center and greatest treasure of your Advent season. The candles and candies have their place, but we want to make sure that in all the December rush and hubbub we adore Jesus above all.
Each day a new devotional can be found here. We invite you to interact with the devotional leave a comment, thought, or encouragement for others.
May God be pleased to deepen and sweeten your adoring of Jesus this Advent.
Good News of Great Joy: 25 Devotional Readings for Advent by Desiring God Foundation