We hope you enjoy this year’s Advent Devotional written for and by members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church- men, women, children and families contributed. May God bless you as you prepare for the coming of the birth of His son, Jesus Christ!
Advent is a season of waiting, expecting, and hoping. Beginning four Sundays prior to Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, Advent 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.”)
For hundreds of years, Christians have used an Advent wreath to inspire their hopes for the coming of Christ. By lighting candles and reading Bible verses, we are reminded about the meaning of Christ’s birth and become more excited about his coming in the past, in the future, and in our own lives.
Advent wreaths employ candles with a variety of colors. Most advent wreaths use three purple or blue candles, one pink candle, and one white candle in the middle. The purple or blue candles remind us of how serious and solemn God’s people have been in waiting for the Messiah. The pink signifies the joy of our waiting. The white is triumphant and celebrative because Christ is born.
Enjoy this special time of anticipation and waiting! May your family be blessed by these daily devotional writings.