Today is the first Sunday in Advent. We have a tradition in this house that there is the lighting of the candle(s), followed by a simple meal and reading of Bible scripture.
We also start opening our advent calendar that my friend Mary sends us. She is so special and so thoughtful -- I just love that she does this every year.
All the decor is done, the shopping is finished, the meal is planned, the scripture set out. I am excited.
The first candle is purple -- it is the candle of Hope to remind us that Jesus is coming.
The scripture we will read is Romans 15: 12-13.
The church will be beautifully decked out this morning and the message will be clear. The message of hope.
I just love advent.