We have lit the first candle of Advent, the candle of hope.
Hope is what Advent is all about. It looks forward to the fulfillment of promises made by God, for as Paul declares in Romans:
For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Rom. 8:24-25).
I know that some of us can’t wait for Advent to turn into Christmas, but while signs of Christmas are present, including the tree and the nativity scene, we still have to wait in patience for Advent’s hope to be fulfilled.