Advent Devotionals for Couples – Week 1: Advent Hope

By Bill Arbuckle
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Focus on the Family invites you and your spouse to celebrate Advent. To pause from the hectic pace of the holiday season and remember those who waited for God’s promised Son, to hope in His Word and to rest in His love.

Advent hope is about anticipation: looking for the Savior.

Key Scripture: Luke 2:22-38

Simeon was old. Maybe that’s why Mary and Joseph didn’t mind letting this stranger hold their baby. There’s something about a newborn that makes us smile. We all crowd around to see those chubby cheeks and tiny fingers. We all like to stand around for a moment, celebrate a new life and congratulate the new parents. Simeon was no exception. But his interaction with the young couple was more than a brief social visit. It was the fulfillment of a promise. God promised Simeon a glimpse of the Messiah. The Redeemer. Simeon took God at His Word and now he was holding God’s promise in his arms.

Advent Hope

He wasn’t the only one who believed … who hoped … who waited for God’s promise of a redeemer. God had whispered the promise to Adam and Eve. Passed down to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses knew of the promise, as did King David, the prophets, the captives and exiles. Each believed. Each hoped. And each knew God would keep His word. It was only a matter of time.

Read these Advent Scriptures about hope and God’s promise:

Luke 2:22-38
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Galatians 4:4

Ask your spouse:

  • Talk about a time you’ve had to wait for God.
  • What is the hardest part about waiting and hoping?
  • How can I encourage you to trust God … especially when it takes a long time for Him to answer?

More ways to grow closer to your spouse this holiday season:

More Advent Devotionals


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