December 8, 2022

Advent for All - The Coming of Joy

Week 3

Advent for All - The Coming of Joy

Week 3

You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy; 
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
~Psalm 16:11

Holidays can be challenging and hectic. So this weekly series of Advent and Christmas inspiration features readings from the Bible, music, poetry, picture books, art, handicrafts, recipes, and more to help us savor the season. Our hope is that every member of the family will find something for them and that the various resources would help families, neighborhoods, classes, and other communities carve out spaces for joy, reverence, wonder, and expectation this season as we focus attention on the birth at Bethlehem and beyond.

Bible Reading

Zechariah 9:9-17 and Luke 1


Mary, Did You Know? and Po La’i E


The Visitation by Luca della Robia. Consider the size, lines, and structure of the sculpture. What kinds of emotions does it evoke? How? What new thoughts do you have about the story in the Bible because of the sculpture? Read the notes about the sculpture and the artist if interested.


The Annunciation by Elizabeth Jennings. Read the poem aloud a few times. How does the poet help you imagine what Mary might have felt after the angel came to her? Do any lines or images in the poem particularly stick out to you?


“We all have need to be trained to see, and to have our eyes opened before we can take in the joy that is meant for us in this beautiful life.”
~Charlotte Mason, Ourselves, Book 1, p.43

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