Well my dear readers, after careful consultation with the calendar, I need to make a correction. This is week 1 of Advent, not week 2, so consider yesterday’s devo blog as a preview of what’s coming next week & we’re all right on time…
During the first week of Advent, we light the first of the four candles, and as we do we recognize that in the midst of the darkness in our lives and in the world, this candle symbolizes the Hope that Jesus brings as He lights up the world.
The season of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, helps us prepare for the coming, or “advent” of the Christ child at Christmas. (The word “advent” comes from the Latin word that means “coming.”) Each week we will light another candle increasing the brightness as we near the birth of Christ- the Light of the world. Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. By lighting one candle each week of Advent, we help ourselves get ready for the birth of Jesus. The candles have different meanings, each based upon the Bible. This week we focus on Christ coming as our Shepherd.
As you light the first of the advent candles affirm that “We light this candle because, like God’s people centuries ago, we also look forward with hope to the coming of the Shepherd. The purple color of the candle reminds us of the seriousness of our hope.”
Read the Isaiah 40:1-11 and recognize that we join the people of Israel as they look ahead to the coming of the Lord and invite God, their Shepherd, to save and restore them. Recognize the prophecy in Isaiah Christ’s birth is foretold.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
I am the Prince of Peace. As I said to My disciples, I say also to you: Peace be with you. Since I am your constant Companion, My Peace is steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace. Worship Me as King of kings, Lord of lords, and Prince of Peace. Walk with Me along paths of Peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence.-Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
Week 1 readings: Sun. Is. 40:1-5, Mon. Is. 52:7-10, Tue. Is. 40:9-11, Wed. Gen. 3:8-15, Thu. Gen. 15:1-6, Fri. Deut. 18:15-19, Sat. Ps. 89:1-4