by Ashley Wallace at Anglican Compass
My family was going to do something new that year. Every night, we were going to sit down at the dining room table and do Advent devotions together.
I could already see how the night was going to go in my mind’s eye. It was going to be amazing. It was going to transform our family. We would sit down every night with the candle glow all around us, and peace would fall like leaves as we read Holy Scripture and learned about Jesus.
My children would be transfixed; they would receive every word; they would love every moment and thank me in the end for bringing them into this wonderful new Advent tradition.
The reality was that when I suggested devotions, they immediately started to whine.
They didn’t want to do devotions!