ADVENTure is a self-directed prayer walk pondering the true meaning of Christmas. You can read all about it here, as well as learn how you can do this interactive prayer walk for your church or ministry.
This coming Sunday, November 29th, is the first Sunday of Advent. As we consider the true meaning of CHRISTmas we light our first candle of the Advent Wreath, the Candle of HOPE, and we consider the Wise Men who traveled across many miles when the star appeared in the sky in the east.
Read: Matthew 2:1-12
The Wise Men were men of knowledge and HOPE. Their knowledge gave them the information they needed to discern the coming king and where they would find Him. Their HOPE gave them the desire to seek after Him.
They followed a star – a brilliant light in the sky – and it led them directly to the “King of the Jews.” They sought hard after Him, and they found Him. They brought Him gifts and worshiped Him.
Who do you follow? What light guides you?
Is it the One True Light or is it a lesser star, a lesser light?
Consider the things that consume your time.
Do they bring you HOPE?
Or are they a lesser light that distracts you
and steals your hope from you?
Take a small light bulb, tie it with ribbon. Decorate if you like. Take it and hang it where you can see it. In this busy season, let it remind you to follow the true light of heaven.
Father God, help me to follow the star of HOPE until it leads me to the ONE true KING of LIGHT and LIFE. I want to follow your light and your light alone. In Jesus’ light-bearing and life-giving name we pray, Amen.
For your use:
Here is a .pdf file of this meditation for your use: ADVENT 1 Candle of Hope. Please see the ADVENTure Prayer Walk post for further resources and instructions. If you have any questions, please comment below.
And may God bless you with HOPE, Jody
P.S. Missed other ADVENTure Prayer Walk posts? See:
- 1st Sunday of Advent: Candle of HOPE: the Wise Men
- 2nd Sunday of Advent: Candle of PEACE: the Shepherds
- 3rd Sunday of Advent: Candle of JOY: Mary
- 4th Sunday of Advent: Candle of LOVE: Joseph
- Christmas Eve or Day: CHRIST Candle