Monday, December 04, 2006
This year our church is going through the historical church calendar, and the first event we will celebrate is Advent . Advent is one of the few Christian festivals that can be observed in the home as well as at church.
We made an Advent wreath for our home, and lit our first Advent candle . We read scriptures then we had a prayer. The first candle is traditionally the candle of Expectation or Hope (or in some traditions, Prophecy). This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of a Messiah that weaves its way like a golden thread through Old Testament history.
It really did get my mind thinking about the coming of the King, both the first coming, and the second coming. Wow! I wait with joyful expectation. My hope grows, but with that hope comes a prayer time that is more focused than ever on those around me who are lost. Those who have no hope this season, those whom I pray God will touch to believe, so they may also have the hope He has given me. My prayer, "God use me in any way You see fit."