One of my favorite ways to reflect on Christ during Advent is to read Nancy Guthrie’s Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. My husband and I started reading it together in 2009 and it’s by far my favorite part of celebrating the Christmas season.
The book is a collection of writings from the likes of Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Joni Eareckson Tada, just to name a few. The daily readings aren't for the faint of heart. They're lengthy, meaty, and require some time and consideration to absorb all the riches they have to offer. One of our favorite things to do is to grab the book after dinner, snuggle up on the couch, and quiet our hearts with the Christ child.
Because of it's intellectual wording this book would not be appropriate for small children but it would be suitable for family devotions with teenagers. It would also be appropriate for a small group or missional community as long as everyone has their own copy, again due to the loftiness of the wording.
How do you prepare your heart for Christmas during Advent? I would love to know what resources you use.
(This post was originally published on December 7, 2011.)