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The word Advent means “to come toward, to draw near or to approach.” and today marks the first Sunday in the Advent. Today the candle of hope with be lit on the advent wreath. A new candle will be lit each Sunday. Some people put a final candle in the center to represent Christ that is lit on Christmas Day.
The Candle of Hope
The first candle of the Advent Wreath is the Candle of Hope. Hope is a light that can brighten a dark place. The first thing that Jesus is bringing is a hope to the world. Christ is bringing a hope of redemption from our sins.For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6Click To Tweet
One way to celebrate this as a family is to have everyone tell of a way that Jesus has brought hope into our lives. This can be done in an age appropriate way so that everyone in the family can get involved.
As we enter into this season of Christmas, please prepare our hearts and mind to receive the gift of your Son. Help us to take time to remember the reasons for our celebrations and to keep Christ in the center.
Keep us from being so focused on the busyness of the season that we miss out on the story of hope that You have given us. Through the gift of Your Son, Jesus, we have a hope of eternal life. Help us, Lord to stay focused on that hope as we celebrate.
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Celebrate with Us
Each Sunday of the Advent Season, we are going to talk about what each Candle means in the advent wreath.
We ask that you put your responses in the comments section so that we can celebrate together. How has Jesus brought hope to your life?
Starting on December 13, we will be telling the Story of Christ’s Birth in a 12 part series that will end on Christmas Eve. We hope that you will join us during this blessed time and celebrate Christ’s birth with us.
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