Today in churches all over the world, the second advent candle is lit. the candle will be lit and there will a call and response read. For me, there is something special about remembering the faith of those waiting for the coming Messiah.
Growing up I did not understand or appreciate the significance of Advent. It was just another part of the traditions we did, much like singing from hymns and the call and responses we did each week. The only difference was that during advent a different family in the church was chosen to read the scripture and the lead the call and response. Also usually one of the kids was the one that got to light the candle. I can imagine that some may have this same view of Advent and the advent wreath.
In recent years, I have found this piece of tradition to be something that brings me comfort. Something that is a way of grounding me back to the true reason for Christmas. Seeing the wreath and remembering the theme for each week, causes me to sit in wonder of all that it took to line up Christmas. It reminds we that faith was so important for those waiting. They had to continue to have faith that they were on the right path. For Mary to have faith that what the angel told her was true. For Joseph to have faith on what God was doing and to go against all that he had been taught.
Today, the second candle is faith or sometimes called preparation. Having faith to trust that what god said was true and acting on it. Preparing for who was to come. The song below is often sung in churches during this week of advent.
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O IsraelO Come O Come Emmanuel
This week let us prepare our hearts with faith, where do we need to have faith this week? Where do we see God moving?