ADVENT… For Week one we discussed the “Prophecy” Candle representing “Hope” for believers. For Week Two we’re lighting the “Bethlehem” candle representing “Love”. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ’s return.
The theme of readings and teachings during Advent is often to prepare for the Second Coming while commemorating the First Coming of Christ at Christmas. With the view of directing the thoughts of Christians to the first coming of Jesus Christ as savior and to his second coming as judge, special readings are prescribed for each of the four Sundays in Advent. (Wikipedia)
That ADVENT candle burning in front of us, is to remind you that God is FOR YOU. He is ON YOUR SIDE. It burns to remind us all that not only did He have a plan – but a purpose for His people and His son, and the only motivation for His coming was LOVE.
Remember in the all the rush of the season, God can handle every hardship, discouragement, delay, depression, frustration, failure, regression, collapse, concern, anxiety, fear, presumption, economic need, relationship imbalance, marital strife, physical ailment, etc…It has not caught Him off guard. He is more than able to help and He promises again and again in the bible, He will show up, He is not going to leave us unprepared and unable to lead and guide us into the path of life. Christmas is PROOF that He keeps His promises…
It’s easy to Forget that! It’s easy to wear out and get foggy on the facts from time to time. Just remember this truth about ADVENT:
1- God had a Plan, God has a plan, God is planning now = Our HOPE .
2- God came for us, God came for you, God is coming for us all and His only motivation is and was LOVE. Eternal love, AGAPE love. Unfailing – unstoppable LOVE.
As we remember those two weeks or “Truths” of Advent. My prayer is for those bright and burning flames to help remind us all of the heritage of faith that we belong to. For centuries fellow believers have been celebrating ADVENT. It will revive your weary heart, it will soothe the hurting souls and broken hearts.
If we do, I believe it will Change everything for you this Christmas.The truth will energize and recharge you from surviving to thriving! When we remember who Jesus is, what Jesus came for, who He came for… when our eyes pause on the manager this Christmas, it’s message can revitalize your Hope, Your Love, Your Life… surround yourself with the reminders of GOD’s truth as much as you can, including lighting candles in December 🙂
This ADVENT, let’s not allow ourselves to get so busy we forget to remember the reason of our Holiday season. The purpose behind all the fuss… the real truth of Christmas is we are meant to remember and repeat the message and meaning of Christ in everyone we know and love. The real ADVENT (or coming of Christ) is in our being a personal ambassador of HOPE and LOVE to our world.
Peace out RTP!