Love Came Down at Christmas is an excellent devotional for Advent for teens and up: meditations on 1 Corinthians 13 by Sinclair Ferguson.
*Love Came Down at Christmas: Daily Readings for Advent by Sinclair Ferguson. The Good Book Company, 2018. 160 pages.
- Reading Level: Teen, ages 12 and up
- Recommended For: Ages 12 and up
Most people are filled with love and good cheer this time of year: the store clerks wish you “Happy Holidays” with a smile. Moms chat in the checkout line about the latest toys. And Christmas lights brighten up early darkness, bringing smiles to faces of tired travelers. At least on the outside, that is. Ferguson reminds us that the superficial, cultural messages of “love” are only significant when they are rooted in Christ. Jesus himself shows us what love is, and Ferguson unpacks that love by looking through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13–a familiar passage of Scripture, but not one we often turn to in December.
Elissa Learns Thankfulness
What's better than a snail that prays?
That curious snail Elissa is at it again... and she learns a valuable lesson about thankfulness and being happy about who you and what you are!
Inspired by the Christian ideal of being thankful for all that you have, Elissa Learns About Thankfulness is a beautifully written, fantastically illustrated book about our favorite characters Francine and Elissa learning a valuable lesson about being thankful for who and what we are. In this fourth edition in the Elissa the Curious Snail Series we meet some of Francine’s family and again see the familiar cast of characters in the yard. At first, Elissa isn’t happy that birds can fly and cats can run – she’s unhappy being a snail and wants those experiences for self. But being a snail is helpful because her small size and slithering nature let Elissa save the day by finding a lost ring. In the end, Elissa realizes she is thankful for who God made her and what she is.
Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how thankful we all should be. No faithful home should be without a copy.
In the grammar of the Christian faith, what we are called to be and do is rooted in who God is and what he has done for us in Christ. So the resources we need to love others are found in the love of Jesus Christ focus. That is why, when we read Paul’s words [in 1 Corinthians 13], we need to keep our ears open for echoes of Jesus’ life and look for his shadow falling on every line.~Introduction, Love Came Down at Christmas
The title Love Came Down at Christmas comes from a poem by Christina Rossetti. Each reading is followed by a poem or prayer from a historic Christian as well as a reflection in which Ferguson asks questions to help readers ponder over a personal application.
Have your teens grown up hearing the same Advent/Christmas devotionals every year? Try meditating on Jesus through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13 with Ferguson’s wise words as your guide this year. The readings in this guide are a touch long for families with young children, but they are perfect for those reading a daily devotional on their own or with older children. You might even try memorizing 1 Corinthians 13 as you read through the devotional together! Highly recommended.
Related Reading from Redeemed Reader:
- For other family Advent devotionals for all ages, see our Family Advent Devotional List!
- Another good Advent devotional for teens: Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp
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