On this Sunday morning the church enters a new season. It is a season of waiting, anticipation, hope, longing and ultimately celebration. Advent provides the church with the sacred opportunity to remember the waiting of those long ago for the movement of God to set things right while at the same time refreshing our own hopeful longing for God’s final movement with the second advent of Christ’s return.
Advent is a season of light returning as we retell the story of God presence returning to his wandering people. We begin with the prophet’s candle as our introduction to this season of hopeful anticipation.
The prophets offer the first flicker of hope that despite the darkness of our world and the void of God’s presence a new light is dawning off the horizon. God redemptive DNA is about to be revealed in a most unexpected way.
“The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
And so we light the first candle of hope. Not the hope that “wishes” something will happen” but a hope that knows it will happen.