On the first Sunday of Advent the purple candle is lit. Traditionally this candle is called the “Prophecy Candle” and is lit in remembrance of the prophets who foretold the birth of the “Christ child”. It is also the candle that represents hope.
Hope is a four letter word. It is a word that can either be filled with a sense of anticipation or a sense of dread. I hope my hard work paid off and I get a raise this week or I hope work isn’t as awful as last week. How do you envision hope?
Most kids seem to come prepackaged with a hopeful nature. Their world is brand new to them. So, they are able to begin their day without a lot of the baggage adults have accumulated.
I believe that is why Jesus said “The truth is, you must change your thinking and become like little children. If you don’t do this, you will never enter God’s kingdom.” Matthew 18:3 ERV https://www.bible.com/bible/406/mat.18.3.erv
Hope is a word filled with possibilities. It is what we have been given through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. “Hope” is one of the reasons we celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
“And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.”” Luke 1:46-55 NKJV
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV
Musing: What does it mean to be hopeful?
Challenge: Put your hope in Christ.
Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see. Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. G.K. Chesterton
Anyone who doesn’t believe in miracles is not a realist. David Ben-Gurion
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 ESV
Join us on our Facebook Group Colouring Outside the Lines during December as we take time each day to remember the true reason for the season.
“Let peace begin with me.
Let this be the moment now.
With every step I take,
Let this be my solemn vow:
To take each moment
And live each moment
With hope expectantly.
Let there be peace on earth,
And let it begin with me.”
Sy Miller & Jill Jackson