The second candle on the Advent Wreath, lit this morning in worship services, is the candle of Preparation. Some narratives call it the Peace candle.
Before John the Baptist was born, God called him to be the ‘voice in the wilderness’ — to prepare the way of the Lord.
Meanwhile, Mary received a stunning message from the angel. He told her she was chosen by God for a wonderful task — “You will give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.”
“How can this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel assured her that with God all things are possible.
Trusting God to work out the details, Mary prepared herself to be the mother of The Promised One.