Advent Devotionals – Readings for Couples

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.

There’s help if you’re in a hurry. DoorDash delivers dinner to your front door. Uber scoots you across town to run errands. Amazon Prime Now promises packages within an hour. The world has solved the problem of instant gratification. But it hasn’t yet figured out how to help us wait.

Waiting is hard. Just ask anyone who’s on hold for customer service. Or the teen who just ordered a new hoodie with her first paycheck. I have to wait two whole days for it to get here?

Good things come to those who wait … but could those good things get here a little faster?

In our rush to find the next best thing, we’ve forgotten an important skill: waiting. Being still and trusting that good things will come. They may not always come right when we think we need them, but they will come. And in the meantime, we learn to be patient. To hope. To rest.

Patience. Hope. Rest. Those three words describe the Advent season. While the world rushes from store to store, from party to party and from here to there, the Advent season is a time to celebrate the quiet. To remember a promise made long ago and the centuries of waiting, hoping and resting in the words of the One who made a promise to bring light, life and redemption to the world.

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.

Weekly Readings:

Week 1: Hope

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

Celebrating Advent in Marriage

Time for Your Marriage in the Christmas Season

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