Think about it, what can one candle do in a dark room?
“Prepare the way of the Lord” serves as the focus of this season. As we prepare our hearts and homes for Christmas, we should not forget to prepare our lives for Jesus, who came as “the light of the world.” His light penetrated a dark world, which allowed all to see their Messiah, and the hope of their future.
Today, with darkness often feeling as an overwhelming cloak, we need to be mindful of the coming of Christ.We need to be as the bride readying for her bridegroom–we know not the day or the hour of his return.
Be ready and watchful, for the light of the world has come and will surely come again.
SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: HOPE
We light a second purple or blue candle on the second Sunday of Advent to represent the hope of Christ coming to the world.
God’s plan for humanity was revealed in the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the wee babe, The Messiah, joyously fulfilling a long-awaited promise. Today we confidently wait for the Messiah’s triumphant return.
DAY ONE: HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
“But you, Bethlehem, only a small village in Judah, yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from a distant past … And He will stand to lead His flock with the Lord’s strength … Then His people will live undisturbed, for He will be highly honored all around the world. And He will be the source of our peace.” (Micah 5:2, 4-5)
Written 750 years before Christ, Micah speaks of the honor which will belong to Bethlehem. Christ’s deity and humanity are shown here — He is a shepherd, leading with the strength of God, bringing peace to His people.
God’s promises proclaimed and fulfilled inspire us continually to hope, watch and wait in God. The hope of Christians is not wishful thinking, but based on the historical facts of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, and in the confidence of His eagerly anticipated return.
Teach us dear Lord to hope only in you and to prepare our hearts and minds for your triumphant return. Thank you for lighting our path in a world often mired in darkness