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Advent: The Hope Candle (Day 1)

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The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent.  It is a circular candle holder that typically holds five candles. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday until all of the candles, including the fifth candle, are lit on Christmas Day.

Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Most Advent wreaths use three colors of candles – purple, pink, and white. However, some may use blue in place of the purple.

Today is the first day of Advent and the day we light the first candle. It is called the Prophesy Candle – or the Hope Candle.

We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “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)

Watch Ann Voskamp’s video here and her incredible, humble teaching on the first week of Advent and the season of Hope. She is a beautiful soul, and I hope you enjoy her teaching as much as I do.

Today’s Challenge: Light the first candle, the Hope Candle.

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