The First Candle of our Advent Wreath symbolizes Hope

There really isn’t anything magical about an Advent Wreath. It is but four candles that represent the four Sundays before Christmas. Much of the time the third candle is pink rather than purple or blue. The color was changed a long time ago to represent joy, since Advent originally was also a time of fasting and self denial. One pope felt it was good to remember that the time moving into Christmas was also meant to be celebrated. You can look up the historical particulars on the internet. Each week of advent is often associated with a particular virtue; although, this too is often changed around, or some other idea is focused on or expressed.

This week our first candle is representing Hope. This is a good way to begin as we all need to remain hopeful as we move toward this coming year. Sometimes it is difficult to know how we can express the hope we have when our usual patterns of life are still so disrupted. toward this question I share with you something I picked up along the way. I am not sure where I got this, but I am fairly sure I didn’t create it myself, but I think it is a good idea to share. Each day of this first week of Advent do something to think about hope or share hope with others.

Monday: Isaiah 64:8. How do you think this verse gives hope to people?

Tuesday: Send a card to someone you feel needs to hear words of hope?

Wednesday: Pray for our country and the world that hope may be present within the leaders of every nation.

Thursday: Take a ten-minute break from the rush of the season. Sit quietly. Pray, asking God’s help to bring quiet and calm to a busy world.

Friday: Think about who in your family needs God’s hope? Pray for this family member.

Saturday: Share God’s hope with another. Visit or call someone and tell them one way he or she helps you feel hopeful.

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Published by Rev. Russell

Pastor at the Lake City United Methodist Church in Lake City, Michigan.

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