In my churches in Memphis and Zürich, we always had an advent wreath. I loved the lighting of the candles so much, that I adopted the tradition as my own. Each year, around Thanksgiving, I find the candles for our wreath. I'm a little behind this year and didn't realize the first Sunday of Advent hit the end of November, but I still would love to share this tradition with you.
Advent means "coming" or "arrival." So appropriate. And I just love the way each candle counts down the time to our Saviour's birthday. Both my girls were born in December, so it's a very special (and extremely busy) month. This tradition and an Advent Christmas tree quilt I created have helped my girls and I count down the days each December.
I've heard and read several interpretations of the wreath. Here are few of my favorite aspects:
- The green of the wreath represents the eternal life we have in Christ.
- The circular form of the wreath represents the unending love of God.
- The purple of the outer candles represents the royalty of royalty.
(Sometimes the third or fourth candle is pink.)
- The white of the center candle represents Christ's purity.
(This candle is optional, by the way, but my favorite.)
- The flames represent the light of God coming into the world through his Son.
We'll play catch up this weekend and then the following weekends I'll post another picture of our wreath along with the meaning of each candle.
I hope you'll join my family and me in this wonderful tradition that exemplifies Jesus as the reason for the season.
First Sunday of Advent
Suggested Scripture Readings: Isaiah 60:2-3, Romans 15:13, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:19
Precious Lord, we thank You for sending your son Jesus to be a light in a world of darkness, a light that never goes out or burns away. Teach us to place our hope in You and to share it with those struggling in hopeless situations. In Christ's Name, Amen.
Second Sunday of Advent
Suggested Scripture Readings: 1John 4:7-19, John 3:16-17
Father, you sent us the greatest gift and representation of your eternal love when you sent your Son as a tiny baby for the sole purpose of his sacrificial death. Help us to be shining examples of your love in a hurting world. And let us never forget this sacrifice and the amazing depth of your love. We love you so much. In Christ's Holy Name, Amen!
Praying and believing,