This year, our sister churches of the Spokane and North Idaho regions have teamed together to produce a series of daily video devotions for the season of Advent. Each day in December, these videos will post to our Facebook and YouTube Channels, and will also be collected here. We pray these resources will help turn your eyes throughout this season to the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Lo, the star which they had seen in the east went before them.”
The Wisemen followed the star because they hoped it would lead them where the wanted to go. It did. We have hope in Jesus, our great leader. Let us always follow Him!
Prayer: O Jesus, our bright and shining Star, lead us to eternal life, Amen
“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
The symbol of the lamb and the shepherd’s staff reminds us that the shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem were the first people to receive the good news of Jesus’ birth. We are reminded, too, that Jesus is our Good Shepherd, who makes us lie down in green pastures, leads us beside the still waters, and whose rod and staff comfort us. This Good Shepherd gave His life for us, His sheep and lambs, that we may live.
Prayer: Good Shepherd, keep us always in Your flock. Amen
“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”
As an anchor holds a ship firm against a storm, so Christ is our anchor of hope in life. Through storm or calm we are kept firm in faith, encouraged by our faithful and unchanging God. Because of Him, we look forward with hope to eternal life made secure for us by Christ’s death and resurrection.
Prayer: O Lord, keep us steadfast in faith so that by Your grace we may come to eternal life. Amen
“You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that by His poverty you might become rich.”
2 Corinthians 8:9
Our symbol’s dark arrow points downward reminding us that Jesus came from His heavenly throne rich in glory to this earth. Because He came down to our lowliness, we are raised up to a new life of peace with God, joy in our salvation, and hope for a rich and glorious life with Him in heaven.
Prayer: We lift up grateful hearts to you, dear Jesus, for coming down to earth so that we can go to heaven. Amen
“O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
A wreath is sometimes awarded to a victor after winning a competition. The Christmas wreath helps us celebrate the coming of the greatest Victor the word has ever known, Jesus Christ, the Savior! The circle made by the wreath reminds us that this Victor, who became a true man, was at the same time the true and eternal God. The wreath’s greenery symbolizes the eternal life He won for us.
Prayer: Thank you God, for victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
“I will bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.”
The various colors of this symbol represent the many races of people on our earth. All of them, no matter what their color or nationality, age, sex, or walk of life, are those for whom the Savior came into the world. The joy we know as Christians is for ALL people. When we shake off our prejudices and share our joy of knowing Christ with others, our joy becomes more full.
Prayer: Lord, forgive our selfishness. Amen
“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Beautiful things bring joy! The poinsettia, the traditional Christmas flower, is a joy to behold with its green leaves rising on a stem to mysteriously burst forth is glorious red. The greatest joy for us Christians to behold is the salvation brought about for us by Christ. His beautiful, life-filled years suddenly burst forth with the shedding of His precious blood shed for us! So great was His beautiful love for us.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill us with the joy of our salvation in Jesus! Amen
“Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise!”
As a bell rings out its happy sound, compelling people to draw near to it, so we Christians sing out in praise of our God, whose love draws us to Himself and who will at last have us come to where He is.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, hasten the day when we will come to you and sing your praises forever. Amen
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
A Christmas tree has much symbolism to remind us of God and His gifts to us. The general shape is that of a triangle, symbol of the triune God. It’s color is green, symbolic of life. This reminds us that through Jesus we have new life here on earth and look forward to eternal life in heaven. The ornamented tree creates a feeling of joy in our home. This is similar to our lives filled with the joy of knowing Christ and the abundant life He gives us.
Prayer: Dear Savior, as the tinsel on a Christmas tree reflects the lights, make our lives a reflection of the true joy which comes from you. Amen
“Rejoice in the Lord always.”
One trait of a Christian is a joy. Today’s symbol is again a circle, because true joy is eternal and comes as a gracious gift from our eternal God. The circle is pink which is the color of joy. True joy is ours because we are at peace with God enjoying His love and living in the hope of eternal life.
Prayer: Grant to us, dear God, true joy. Amen
“I will place on His shoulder the key of the house of David; He shall open and none shall shut; and He shall shut and none shall open.”
Jesus is our key to joy. He opened the door to heaven for us, where we will live in the fullness of joy. He also opened the door to true joy for us here on earth, because we live with the blessed hope of heaven.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for opening heaven to us. Amen
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
The music note reminds us to praise the God of our salvation.
Prayer: O Lord, let the whole earth sound forth with your praise. Amen
“Greater love has no man than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
The symbol of the circle reminds us that love is eternal and that perfect love comes from our eternal God. Christ’s perfect love compelled Him to shed His blood and lay down His life for us. The background of white symbolizes the holiness of Jesus. Though the sins of all mankind were laid on Him, He Himself was holy and lived a life of perfect righteousness for us.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your perfect life and perfect love. Amen
“Walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Sometimes people get perfume or cologne as a Christmas gift. People like sweet smelling fragrances. The Wisemen brought frankincense, a costly incense, as a gift for Jesus. This was their way of showing love. It was and act of worship and adoration. Our symbol today is a perfume bottle. May it remind us to be so filled with the Spirit of Jesus that we give off the fragrance of His quality of life and love.
Prayer: Lord let our prayers be counted as incense before you. Amen
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
“They offered Him gifts.”
The Wisemen offered gifts to the Christ child to express their joy and thankfulness that He was their Savior. The baby Jesus is no longer with us on this earth, so we cannot personally give Him gifts. But He promises us that whatever we do to the least of His people, we do to Him. By showing love to one another, we give our gifts of love to Him.
Prayer: May all our gifts, Lord Jesus, be given out of love for you. Amen
“We have come to worship Him.”
Shepherds and Wisemen came to worship the Christ child. His earthly throne was a lowly manger and His palace was the humble home of a carpenter. Throughout His earthly ministry He “had nowhere to lay His head.” Nevertheless, He was and is and will forever be our Lord and King. The gold crown symbolizes Jesus, our King of Kings, with “jewels” of white for His perfect righteousness, red for His great love and His innocent blood shed for our salvation, and green for eternal life which He gives us.
Prayer: O King of Kings, your kingdom come. Amen
“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”
God proves His love for us in so many ways. In love He gives us life. He gives us all creation. We were not created to live in sin’s terror, hatred, and darkness. God proved His love again by sending His Son to save us from sin. Now we can live in peace, hope and joy! Today’s symbol of a hand reminds us that our heavenly Creator calls us to live in that joy in service to others. As we do so, others see God in us!
Prayer: O Creator, use my hands as an instrument of your love. Amen
“Now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of the light.”
God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to be our savior from the darkness of sin. He gave us the Light of eternal life. The candle’s flame reminds us of the light of faith which the Holy Spirit keeps alive in our hearts. He will lead us on the path to our heavenly goal and help us to share His light so others will see the way to heaven.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help us to let our light of faith shine brightly so that others may see God’s love and be brought closer to Christ. Amen.
“On earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
An angel is our symbol for today. Angels burst forth with triumphant song of glory to God the night of Jesus’ birth and they proclaimed God’s peace to mankind. This peace was possible because God charged our sins to Christ who paid for them with His life. God still sends His holy angles to watch over us, “lest we dash our foot against a stone.” Now we don’t have to worry. We can keep our minds on Jesus and have perfect peace.
Dear God. Grant us the peace of knowing that your holy angels are watching over us. Amen
“In Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself.”
2 Corinthians 5:19
Today’s symbol is a manger with a cross on it. We remember that upon that sweet little Babe laid in the manger, God “laid the iniquity of us all.” Jesus’ death on the cross was a bridge that spanned the chasm of sin between us and God. Jesus brought reconciliation and peace between God and man.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for bridging the gap that sin made between us and God.
“The peace of God . . .passes all understanding.”
The circle is a symbol of eternity, and green is the color of life. Today’s symbol reminds us that God’s peace is eternal. We can be at peace even at the time of death because we await eternal life in heaven.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the precious gift of peace through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen
“The day shall dawn upon us from on high . . . to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
A dove is a common symbol of peace. To Christians, it is also a symbol of the Holy Spirit. He brings us a special kind of peace, peace with God. This is the peace of knowing that God loves us so much that He sent His only begotten Son that through faith in Him we have eternal life.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with peace. Amen
“For you who fear My name, the Sun of righteousness shall rise.”
Today’s symbol is a bright yellow sun. Jesus is our Sun of Righteousness. As the world follows the course of the planets in their movements about the sun, we who are God’s people follow the course of our Lord Jesus. He is our guiding Star, giving us light for our way and leading us to a life of obedience and peace.
Prayer: Guide us, O great Jehovah. Amen
“Behold your King is coming to you.”
Advent means coming. Long before Jesus was born, God’s people were waiting for him to come. We wait for Him to come also – into our hearts, our homes, our lives. The color of our symbol is violet which is the color of repentance. The shape is that of a cross which reminds us of our need for a Savior. Jesus will come again, and we wait for His second coming with hope, peace, and joy because it will mean a joyous reunion in heaven for us.
Prayer: Come Lord Jesus. Amen