Free Family Advent Devotional
<![CDATA[A few years ago I wrote a family advent devotional for a church I was involved with. The Calvin Insitute graciously funded this resource as a part of a year-long project to help spur faith formation with whole family groups (kids and adults learning together). I had already written an advent devotional for adults, but this was the first time I had written for adults and children together, so I was a bit nervous. To add injury to insult, I hurt my neck and ended up on muscle relaxers and Naproxen for a couple weeks. The couple of weeks I had scheduled myself to write this resource. But, a deadline is a deadline, so I hand wrote this devotional laying flat on my back. And it turned out great! I found myself writing poetry for the first time in my life. My Jesse tree format fell into place and ideas for family activities flooded my head. When I read the devotional now, I can barely believe the words came from me. Cause they kind of didn't. I think God used my injured state to work a less of me/more of the Spirit kind of endeavor. We shared the resource with our church that year and families used it. I always regretted we didn't get it illustrated. Then the church start closed and the devotional sat gathering dust in my Dropbox folder. And then this year I sent my words over to my amazingly talented friend, Jenn Tucker. I asked if she would be willing to grace my words with her illustrations. She agreed.