The Advent Season, which is the period of four Sundays before Christmas Day, is a joyous time of anticipation. It reminds us of the Israelites’ long years of waiting for the Messiah to come. Yesterday, the first Sunday in Advent, expectancy was kindled in church services around the world as we lit the first candle on the Advent wreath. The anticipation grows each week as we continue to light the candles.
Purple candles (symbolizing royalty) are placed in a wreath of evergreens (symbolizing eternal life). The circle of the wreath stands for the never-ending love of God for us. The first candle, lit yesterday, is the candle of expectation or the Prophecy Candle. Isaiah foretold God’s promise to the world: “Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call him name Emmanuel, God with us.”
Advent reminds us that God keeps His promises. With all the busy-ness of the holidays that are approaching, we wait expectantly for a miracle to happen. For Christ to be born in our hearts.