We used the Advent wreath to focus our family on Jesus during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Each candle represents a Biblical virtue that we could discuss that week, beginning on Sunday.
Today is the first Sunday in Advent, so we would light the first candle of our advent wreath. . . the candle of “Hope”. Normally, we think hope means to wish something will happen. But a Biblical hope is different. To hope in the Bible means to expect something to happen, as in a confident expectation.
With this definition in mind, how would you answer the following questions. Use this week for personal reflection and to discussing hope with your kids.
Where is your hope?
In whom is your hope?
What verses talk about our hope?
What does hope mean in the Bible?
Through the trials of the past few years, I can honestly say that my hope is only in Jesus Christ. Jesus is always there for me. I confidently expect Him to be with me, even when others have let me down. Circumstances, family and friends may let you down, but Jesus will never let you down.
If you’re unsure what verses to use with your advent wreath, start today on the first Sunday of Advent by reading Isaiah 40:31. Then, discuss what hope means in this verse.
but those who hope in the LordIsaiah 40:31
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Other verses you might discuss with your kids this week include:
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.Psalm 25:20-21
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
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You might also want to use a daily advent calendar. I have several advent calendars you can choose from here. Be sure to choose one that works with your family’s priorities. In other words, make it, buy it or create it! Don’t feel guilty if you go buy one and use it.
If you don’t have an advent wreath yet, you can grab one online right here. If you’re shopping in stores, head over to your local craft store with the weekly coupon for 40-50% off. That will be much cheaper and quicker than ordering online.
Leave a comment and let us know how you will use Advent to prepare for Christmas.
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