We are exploring the 4 weeks of advent. This is the second week. In addition, this week’s candle represents faith. The traditions of the advent wreath and the lightening of candles is an old tradition that many still celebrate. Because each week symbolizes a term that is also a part of the fruit of the Spirit, Little Pot (a fruit-bearing vessel created by the potter) is spending weeks sharing about each one.
You can read about the first week and the candle of hope here.
What js Advent
Advent is a term that comes from the Latin word adventus, which means coming. The dictionary defines advent as “the coming of a notable person or event.” Originally advent was thought by Christians to anticipate Christ’s second coming, not the first when he was born on Christmas.
The history behind the 4 weeks of advent
The advent wreath and advent season being a pre-Christmas celebration, started in the 1800s in Germany. Immigrants from Germany brought the tradition to America in the 20th century. It traditionally contains four candles. Three purple and one pink.
Advent four candles meaning
There are a few different descriptions of the four candles and what each stands for. Some list them as hope, peace, joy, then love. Another listed hope, peace, and then love before joy. Likewise, a third description of the candles was hope, faith, joy, then peace. Each word references a part of the Christmas story. In addition, these same words are included in the fruit of the Spirit. Therefore, since Little Pot is a fruit-bearing vessel like us, we will examine these words about the advent season. Each week will discuss a different candle.
The second candle – FAITH
This week is the second week of the advent season. In a traditional advent wreath, a purple candle is lit. This candle stands for faith. Last week, we discussed how the prophets of the Old Testament foretold of a coming Messiah. Isaiah 9:6-7 promises that a child will be born who will be the savior of the world. The people held to this hope. However, biblical hope requires us to have immense faith. The characters within the Christmas story had that faith. It amazes me when I think of Mary and Joseph accepting what the angel of the Lord told them. Traveling to Bethlehem while she was pregnant took great faith too.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Mary’s response to the Angel when she hears she is pregnant. Her response is, “Let it be to me according to your Word” (Luke 1:38). I have this verse hanging on a small plaque in my bathroom. I want to respond to anything the Lord asks of me with the same faith Mary had.
Biblical faith is required in being faithful, and faithfulness is a part of the fruit of the Spirit. God is faithful in His promises, and He wants us to faithful to Him. The Christmas story demonstrates His faithfulness to us. Likewise, it shows us how much of our faithfulness is required to serve him.
Prayer for Advent Wreath
You are so faithful! Thank you. for coming to earth and saving people from their sins. Coming to earth as a baby on that first Christmas so that you could one day die on a cross amazes me. Oh, how Mary and Joseph must have anticipated the advent of your first coming.
Because you came and died for our sins, you now promise to come and live inside each of us. Thank you for filling me with your Holy Spirit and growing hope, faith, joy, peace, and love through me. I believe in you and anticipate the advent of your daily presence in my life.
I also know that you promise to come again. You are faithful to one day return and reign forever. I anticipate the advent of your second coming, too. Continue to grow your faithfulness through me.
4 weeks of advent and the fruit of the Spirit
The story of The Little Pot is about a potter growing fruit through the vessel he made. Our creator wants to grow the fruit of His Spirit through us too. Producing love, joy, peace, faith, and hope is all a part of understanding the 4 weeks of advent. (Galatians 5:22-23).
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