"Read a passage about Jesus
a few nights a week".
It was going to be so much better. The number of times I've tried to create a perfect set of advent readings!
I draw up columns. I list passages. I sort them into different kinds of readings: the big-story-of-the-Bible kind. The prophecies-pictures-and-names-of-Jesus kind. The nativity-story kind.
Then, overwhelmed by the number of passages, the necessity of making dozens of choices, and my own perfectionism - I always want to include everything! I'm terrible at making decisions! I'll never get it right! - I give up.
So there will be no perfect set of advent readings coming from me. Instead, use Wendy's or Meredith's. They are very good.
Or you can do what I do. Because the truth is, no 24-day reading plan ever works for us.
My husband is always away for parts of December. Like every other Australian university ministry
Ever tried to catch up on 10 passages at once? We never do make it to Jesus' birth in time for Christmas. We're left hanging, somewhere between prophecy and fulfillment.
So here's what we're doing this year.
After dinner, we grab the Bible. We find a prophecy about the coming of Jesus. We read it. We briefly discuss it. We pray.
On another night, it might be the opening chapters of Matthew or Luke. We read it. We talk about seeing God's promises in action. We pray.
And that wonderful wooden advent calendar I bought years ago? Once, I looked for all kinds of candy-ish goodness to stuff into those tiny cupboards, but I've discovered that mini packs of Mentos fit (almost) perfectly. Boring, but easy. And that's all. No print-outs of advent readings curled inside this year.
Defeated by advent calendar readings, and all the trimmings of a Homemaker 101 Christmas, we do it our way.