We gathered around the table tonight, plates of waffles and breakfast sausage in front of us, lit a candle for the first week of Advent, and began devotions (3 days late) for this first week.
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The first candle for the first week of Advent signifies promise.
Oh holy promise
The promise from God to send a savior to this needy world.
The promise of heaven.
The promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
The promise that He knows, He sees, He hears, He cares, He loves, always.
The promise to supply our every need.
The promise that His grace is sufficient.
We make promises too.
We promise to try harder next time. And we fail.
We promise to never lose our temper like that again. And we fail.
We promise to love, honor, cherish, till death do us part. And we fail.
We promise to not to make that same mistake, or to be on time, or to get better grades, or to do our best always…
And. We. Fail.
Like the limp waffles and cold sausages in front of us, and the humble advent wreath gracing our table that’s seen better days, we are imperfect.
Which is why God’s promise is so significant.
Just like the people long ago who waited and hoped and needed the promise of a savior, who in their captivity and grief and tribulation held on to that promise…
…we in our failure, and weaknesses and imperfections need to hold fast to the one who promises perfection and glory and triumph over it all.
God’s Promise. The first purple candle lit inside the wreath of Christmases long past and Christmases present. We will light that purple candle into Christmases future for as long as we linger on this earth as those in need of a savior’s promise.
We light it in reverence and remembrance, in belief and hope.
And as we watch the flame flicker alight once again in the captivated eyes of our children who’ve abandoned their waffles now to fight over who gets to blow out the candle, we thank God for that first promise, and all the others, and we vow to try a little harder to keep our own.
And we are comforted by the truth that though our many promises may fail them, God’s promises never will.
Oh come, oh come Emmanuel.
By the way, if you’re in the market for a new advent wreath, there’s so many to choose from. I prefer real wreaths, but ours right now is fake, bc sometimes it’s just easier to pull it out of the Christmas décor box and set it on the table. The Advent Wreath Ring link below would be for a real wreath. That may go on the list for next year. I’m loving the Journey to Bethlehem wreath as well…
And if you’re looking for a great advent devotional for the family, this is the one we’ve used for the last few years. We really like it, and it only takes about 5 minutes- great for those short little attention spans.