The first week of Advent began in 2013 on Sunday, December 1. We lit the candle of hope and read words from the Prophet Isaiah.
1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
3 Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the LORD!
The light that one candle can give is small but when it is the light of hope, it can make a world of difference.
This week of hope saw the death of Nelson Mandela, an amazing man of faith. God working through him healed a nation. Swords were beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks.
God continues to work today through the people of today. Our hope is in the Lord.
Come, Lord Jesus. We are preparing for your arrival.