2017 Advent Reflection Week One
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light — on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)
1st CANDLE – (purple) THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE
We begin the first Sunday of Advent, by lighting one candle. Some churches light this candle in the midst of darkness to replicate the darkness in the world and in our lives. The first candle can be viewed as a symbol of hope, a symbol of longing. Lighting this first candle in the view of the congregation, also reminds us all that there are three more Advent Candles that will also be lit. Seeing the other three candles that are unlit, keeps us living in the sense of expectation and anticipation.
When we lit this candle, we need to take a moment, reflect on the week past and the week ahead. Here is a food for thought: As we light this candle, maybe we should not just view this candle as a symbol of hope, but should live with the full expectation that hope is not just coming, but hope is here with us.
The flame that burns from the candle, that represents that sense of hope, should also represent the hope that we see. The flame is also a symbol of hope that is deep within us. We people see us, they should see hope. In essence; we are the flame that burns brightly, in the midst of darkness.
Today: How are we living with a sense of Hope
Share: Share with a friend or family member something that you are hopeful for and share how you are living with this sense of HOPE.
Encourage: Encourage someone you know who is weary of waiting to live with the understanding of God’s promises.
Evaluate: Take inventory of your relationship with God. Are you struggling with living with the sense of HOPE?