Advent Week 1


When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(John 8:12, NIV)



In this first week of Advent, we focus on hope: hope that the light sparked by the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago continues to shine in the darkness of our own lives and of those around us. Hope that God loves each one of us, and never, ever gives up on us.

  • Take time this evening to turn out the lights and sit quietly in the darkness.
  • Light a candle and watch the flame burn.
  • Think about how Jesus brings light and warmth to our lives.
  • Thank God for the “light of life” burning within you.


God is loving, creative, kind, generous, wise, faithful, patient, forgiving, good and trustworthy.

Each day this week, pick one of these Godly characteristics and throughout the day identify ways in which you see this characteristic displayed in yourself, and in others.

Each evening, light your candle and celebrate the presence of the divine light in our world.


Additional activity: Take a walk in the dark, using a flashlight to light your way. Think about how our hope in Jesus enables us not to “stumble in the darkness” but to journey confidently and joyfully.