December 4th


Gabriel responds to Mary, saying: “Don’t be afraid. God is very happy with you!”


Take a car ride or walk on foot to see Christmas lights and decorations in your neighborhood or community.


Biblical hope depends on Jesus because he alone is able to give “living hope” through his death and resurrection to all who trust in him. In other words, the hope that Jesus gives is “living” because he himself is alive and offers eternal life with him. When we put our hope in him, we will not be disappointed, and we will live with him forever.


1 Peter 1:3-5

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.


  • What do you observe as you read this passage?
  • Notice how this passage is a blessing addressed to God. Take some time to bless God with a prayer of your own.