The Hope Collective Advent Guide
Peace | Week 2 | Day 8
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
What is the longest you’ve ever waited for something? When Jesus came to earth as a baby, the world had been waiting for thousands of years. Thousands of years. Imagine what it must have felt like to wait that long. Could it have been frustrating, causing anxiety and increasing fear as the years went on
Consider all of those anxious fears, and let’s imagine we are the shepherds in this story. We’ve been told the long-awaited Messiah would come. Yet hundreds of generations have come and gone, and still we wait. One night while we’re out protecting the sheep used for temple sacrifices, the glory of the Lord fills the dark skies with light and angels declaring the Messiah has come! Fears were quieted; peace had descended. Jesus was here, the prophecy would be fulfilled!
Lord, we come to this Advent season with hearts full of peace as we joyfully celebrate Jesus coming to earth as your Son! May we show your glory to those you’ve put in our lives; help us spread your gift of love to the world around us. We praise you for all that you have done through your Son throughout history and will continue to do eternally! Amen.
– Content written by Awana®. Used with permission.
Instead of rushing through your day, take time to ask someone, “Are you okay?” and listen to them with a compassionate ear.
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Send an encouraging text to a friend or family member. Tell them why you appreciate them.
Roast marshmallows for s’mores while looking up at the stars—the same ones the shepherds saw! Or make them in the oven and eat them by candlelight.