Advent Week 3: Prayers & Practices for Parents

Advent practices with kids

Easy Advent Practices: Week 3

This year we’re sharing easy (and free!) ways to deepen your prayer as a parent in Advent: an activity to share with your children and a Scripture verse for you to pray later. 

Pray before you buy for each person on your Christmas list. Or keep a prayer list of grandparents, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors, teachers or caregivers. “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another” (Romans 12:4).

Take a walk or drive to enjoy local Christmas lights together. Add cocoa and popcorn to make it extra-special. Later pray with Ephesians 5:8: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” 

Bake a favorite family recipe with your child. As you eat and enjoy together, share memories of the relatives who first shared this recipe with you. “For God satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9). 

Thanks to our sponsors

This week’s sponsor is Brazos Press, publisher of Abuelita Faith by Kat Armas. In Abuelita Faith, Kat Armas, a Cuban American writer, combines personal storytelling with biblical reflection to tell the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians—mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters—whose survival, resistance, and persistence teach us the true power of faith and love. Also available in Spanish!

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This Week’s Question for Readers

What does courage mean to you as a mother?

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