Day Eighteen

Wednesday 19 December // Joy for our whanau

We use the phrase ‘whanau’ over family because we believe this better encompasses the vast variety and make-up of people’s immediate circle. Your whanau is unique to you – it might just include those you live with or it may be wider than that. In your reflection today, we encourage you to think about your close, intimate relationships – the people who know you deeply.

When you think about the definition of joy (the attitude we adopt, regardless of current circumstances because we trust in God's love and promises to us), are there any situations or relationships in your whanau where you need to choose joy?

Our world offers us joy for our whanau from what we can buy, build or experience, however that ‘must have’ present that is so desired on Christmas day is often found abandoned under the couch by New Years. Our world tells us joy is found in what we possess but this is short lived and often leads to disappointment, leaving us wanting more.

One of the ways to actively resist this is found in this revised Christmas to-do list:

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How will you as a whanau engage with the practices that develop lasting biblical joy?


Read:  Psalm 16:2, 11
I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Pray: Thank God that you can be filled with joy in His presence. Ask God to reveal the ‘path of life’ this week as you prepare for Christmas.

Respond: On your Advent calendar colour in today’s bauble, you might also like to include a scripture reference or note what God is speaking to you about through this story