We have almost made it through 2020. Only a few more weeks until we can close out this rather disastrous year. Keep the faith. We will get through this.
On a happy note, today is the first day of Advent. A joyous time of the year, kicking off the countdown to Christmas. A fantastic time and a wonderful story about the arrival of Jesus.
Advent is a four-week period of preparation in anticipation of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today.
The most significant tradition of the Advent season is the Advent Wreath.
The wreath and candles are full of symbolism. The wreath itself signifies continuous life. The shape, a circle, represents God’s eternity, with no beginning or end. Our immortality and the everlasting life we find are in Christ.
The first purple candle symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, who foretold Christ’s birth.