Series: Waiting with Joy

Every year, Rev. Lou Lotz and his wife would make an Advent activity calendar for their kids, to help them wait well for Christmas. This year, he has made one for you! Over the month of December, we offer a Bible reading and short activity for each day—acts of service, crafts, fun, and reflection. Many are common December activities, but we invite you to do each activity intentionally, filling your life and others with the joy of our Savior.

Waiting with Joy

Wait with a Purpose

Read: Luke 1:46-55 My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. (v. 46) Every December when his children were little, pastor and writer Lou Lotz and

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Look at the Stars

Read: Psalm 8 When I look at your heavens . . . the moon and the stars . . . what is man that you are mindful of him? (vv. 3-4) We caught fish all

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Visit a Friend

Read: Luke 1:39-45 Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord. (v. 45) Mary must have smiled. Finally, after

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Welcome a Stranger

Read: Hebrews 13:1-6 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (v. 2) Strangers can be strange, and we might not choose them as

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Pray for Peace

Read: Isaiah 11:1-9 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf

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Listen to the Elderly

Read: Luke 2:25-38 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel. (v. 25) Anna and

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Embrace the Unexpected

Read: Luke 1:5-25 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. (v. 7) The Christmas story abounds with unexpected happenings. Think about it. Zechariah

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Feed the Birds

Read: Matthew 6:25-34 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of

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Do Good in Secret

Read: Matthew 6:1-4 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. (v. 3) He was a candidate for public