The countdown to Christmas has begun! This time of year, holiday commitments can easily distract us from seeking intimacy with Immanuel, “God with us.” That’s why we created the Christmas Challenge: to reflect on the reason we celebrate this season.
Complete any Christmas or Advent Plan between now and December 31, and you’ll earn our 2019 Christmas Challenge Badge! Start any Plan below or, if you’re already doing a Christmas or Advent Plan, just keep going.
Imagine it’s a starry, silent night and you’re in a field surrounded by sheep. Suddenly, a host of angels appears and tells you that, after 400 years of waiting, the hope for the world has been born – a baby called Immanuel, “God with us.”
The season of Advent begins today, December 1, giving us four weeks to reflect on the hope, peace, joy, and love that Jesus’ birth brought to the world.
As we count down to Christmas, every Advent Sunday we’re revealing a prayer about that week’s advent theme. This week’s theme is hope: the act of trusting and expecting God to fulfill His promises.
Reflect on God’s promises and take a moment to fix your heart on Jesus with this prayer.
An Advent Prayer on Hope:
God, as we head into December, we pause and remember all that You’ve done in our lives, our families, and our communities. We praise You because You are the God who saves. You are Immanuel, God with us. We thank You that our hope is in You, not in circumstances or people. Because we hope in You, we are confident that You will fulfill Your promises to us. Remind us today of what truly matters. Fix our hearts on You. Help us to see how You are working in the middle of our waiting. Draw us closer to you this Christmas season, and prepare our hearts for the fulfillment of Your promises. Amen.
Make Advent prayers part of your Christmas tradition by checking back every Sunday. In the meantime, continue to reflect on Jesus’ birth by starting an Advent Plan:
Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude report experiencing more joy, express more compassion and generosity, and are even less likely to get sick.1 But how do you nurture a spirit of thankfulness when busy-ness distracts you from the joy around you?
Here’s an easy way to remember to give thanks: Start a Plan on gratefulness from our special collection of devotionals. Plans feed you a little Scripture every day, giving you time to reflect, recharge, and hear from God.
Whether you call them Bible Plans, Reading Plans, or Devotionals, we offer Plans that cover a broad range of interests, including many in categories you may not have tried yet. Struggling with stress? Looking for wisdom for your relationships? Need a dose of hope or inspiration? Our Discover feature makes it easy and fun to find just the right Plans for the season of life you’re in!
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