Every year we light candles as we prepare for the coming of Christ. More and more candles mean more and more light, as we watch and wait for Jesus, the Light of the World.
We light the first candle, the candle of hope, and rejoice in the coming of our Savior. Isaiah 7: 14 says "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.
God of Hope, come into our darkness. Renew our trust in You, for You alone are our hope.
We have hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began. When we continue in the faith and do not move away from the hope of Jesus Christ, we are filled with joy and peace.
O God, help us abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.