My Thoughts On Lighting The First Candle On Our Advent Wreath
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means "coming" and in this season we prepare for the coming of Christ. One of the ways we prepare for his coming is by making an Advent wreath and lighting its candles to remind us of the gifts Christ brings to the world.
The Advent wreath includes many symbols to help us think about Christ and his gifts. The wreath itself is in the shape of a circle. A circle has no beginning and no end. This reminds us that there is no beginning and no end to God and that God's love and caring are forever.
The light from the candles - which grows stronger each Sunday in Advent, reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.
Today we light the candle of HOPE. The people of Israel hoped in God's promises and were not disappointed. Again and again God delivered Israel from its enemies. We too have the same experience of salvation. That is why we believe in God's promise to send Jesus to us once again to judge the world and establish his kingdom forever upon the earth.
HOPE is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the HOPE we have in Jesus Christ.