The Candle of Hope

December 1, 2013
I have always loved the season of advent.  I love the anticipation leading up to Christmas day, I love the glow of the candles on the advent wreath, and I love the remembrance of the birth of my Savior.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the season of advent is so much more than looking back on the birth of Christ and anticipating Christmas, it’s also a season to look forward and long for the day that Christ comes again to gather His children home.  Since I’m nowhere near family, I wanted to share in the advent season with all my friends and family who read this blog and light a virtual advent wreath with you all.

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Hope – “a feeling of desire for something and confidence in the possibility of its fulfillment”

As the first candle, the candle of hope, is lit, the twinkling of the flame takes us back.  We are drawn back to the days, over two thousand years ago, when the Israelites were hopefully awaiting their Messiah.  They knew God was a God who kept His promises.  That fact had been proven time and again as the Lord blessed (and punished) His people, just as He had promised.  The Israelites longed for the day their Messiah would come to fulfill the prophecies and redeem the world.  That Messiah came, as a baby in a manger, and redeemed all who chose to believe in His salvation.

The flickering light also pulls us forward.  We, God’s people, are also awaiting the Messiah.  Our Savior, Jesus Christ, promised that He is coming again.  Like the Israelites, we are longing for the coming of the Lord.  We know that God keeps his promises.  Our Savior will return and draw His children to Himself.

  “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)

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