All About Advent Devotional
Advent is the season of expecting, hoping and waiting which starts on 4 Sundays before Christmas and 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’s no set meaning for candles of Advent wreath except however the middle candle which is signifying the birth of Christ and it’s typically referred as Christ Candle. If you’ve come to church, you’ll notice that some priests preach candles not just as a significance for Christ’s coming but also, to bring love, hope, joy and peace. Then again, in some other settings, they are being identified with key figures in the story of Christ’s birth such as the angels, Mary and Joseph and also, let us not forget 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. Different colored candles have different meaning of course like for instance, the blue or purple candle is reminding us of how solemn and serious God’s people have been waiting for their Messiah, the white shows celebration and triumph as Christ is born and pink on the other hand shows joy of our waiting.
As what mentioned earlier, Advent is a Latin word which means Coming or Visit. In the Christian season, we prepare for Advent of Christ at Christmas. As a matter of fact, there are so many things involved in the preparation like for instance, remembering our hope for the second coming of Jesus Christ, remembering Israel’s hope for God’s coming to restore, save and forgive, remembering that we need our savior, Jesus Christ and at last, to prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas Eve in our hearts.
In reality, we are already helping ourselves prepare for the birth of Christ by just lighting a candle every week of Advent. Every candle have a different meaning which is all based on the bible. By understanding all these and allotting time to read the bible as well, it will help us to know the true importance of the birth of Christ to us and for everybody.