All About Advent Devotional
Advent is all about expecting, waiting and hoping and this starts on 4 Sundays before Christmas and it ends on Christmas Eve. Truth is, Advent prepares us for the coming or should I say, the Advent of Christ child on Christmas day. As a matter of fact the phrase Advent has come from a Latin word which means, coming.
For hundreds of years now, many Christians are using Advent wreath as a way to inspire hope for coming of Christ. As you read bible verses and lighting candles, it serves as a reminder of the significance of birth of Christ and be more excited on his coming in our lives, the past and also in the future.
There is no set meaning for candles of Advent wreath except however the middle of the candle that signifies the birth of Christ and is usually referred as the Christ Candle. In some other churches, priests there are preaching candles also as a way to bring love, joy, peace and hope in addition to Christ’s coming. While in other settings, they’re identified with some key figures in the story of Christ’s birth similar to the angels, Mary and Joseph as well as the shepherds.
Advent wreaths use candles with different colors and some wreaths are using all white candles while others are using three blue or purple candles, one white candle in the middle and one pink candle. These candles have different colors because they have different meaning and to give you an example, the blue or purple candle reminds us of how solemn and serious God’s people are in waiting for their Messiah, the white is showing the celebration and the triumph of the birth of Christ and the pink is showing joy of our waiting.
Just as what we have discussed, Advent originated from Latin word that means Coming or Visit. Now as Christians, Christmas is where we start preparing for the Advent of Christ. And these preparations include so many things such as remembering Israel’s hope for God’s coming to save, restore and forgive, to remember our hope for Christ’s second coming, remember our need for Jesus our savior and also, preparing to welcome back Christ at Christmas Eve into our hearts and the world at large.
By simply lighting a candle every week of Advent shows, we are helping ourselves to be prepared for Jesus Christ’s birth. Every candle have a different meaning which is all based on the bible. These meanings would help us to further understand how special Christ’s birth to us.