This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Advent literally means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. One of our traditions at Fairfax Circle is to celebrate the coming of Christmas by lighting a different candle in the Advent wreath each Sunday leading up to Christmas. Each candle represents different themes that Jesus’ birth brought to us.
Sunday we lit the candle of hope and I’ve always loved that the first candle we light is the hope candle; it means it burns the longest. While we need all of the things the candles represent – hope, faith, joy and peace – I believe hope is the most important because it what gets us to the other three.
It seems like lots of people are losing hope these day – hope in our world, hope in our country, hope in other people – but Christmas and Advent remind us that God is still a very real presence in our world and regardless of what happens we always have reason to hope.
So this week, I hope you’ll spend a little time thanking God for Advent; for the arrival of that notable person – Jesus, for the arrival of that notable thing – a savior for the world, and the arrival of that notable event – God becoming one of us.
See you Sunday,