The Days are Coming . . .

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The days are coming, says the LORD,  when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah In those days, in that time,  I will raise up for David a just shoot ; he shall do what is right and just in the land. In those days Judah shall be safe and Jerusalem shall dwell secure; 
this is what they shall call her: “The LORD our justice.” Jeremiah 33:14-16

Here it is Sunday evening and I am just now blogging for today.  We went to visit my sweet mother today and shared a few hours of heartfelt conversation.  I want to get back over to help here with sorting and emptying out books and old cd's she is ready to part with.  I have become the queen of simplifying. 

The Advent wreath (see ours above) is made up of four candles on a wreath of evergreen and is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. Terry and I use three purple candles and one pink candle on the outside of the circle wreath and usually a single bigger white candle inside. (There is a red one this year)  The pink candles represent Joy and I have always been taught it is Mary's candle. 

The Advent wreath symbolizes the coming of Christ. The Advent wreath began in the time of the Protestant reformer Martin Luther. During each Sunday of the Advent season and throughout the week, Terry and I light the candles and pray together every morning and speak from our heart about our daily message.  Each Sunday at the beginning of the week we focus on one of the "four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace." The first candle for today is HOPE. (Some different ways the candles represent expectation, hope, joy and purity.)  The center candle is the Christ candle and it is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world.

Hope is something important in all of our lives.  Hope keeps us moving forward. At the same time we are in preparation for the Christmas holiday with baking, shopping and planning, this is a reminder to us to prepare our hearts and lives to be in God's word planning in readiness for the celebration of Jesus' birth, for hope in our lives, and hope in the life everlasting to come.

“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

Laurie