Scripture: “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”Isaiah 11:2
Thought: Every year many people, including myself, hang a wreath somewhere in or around our house; I hang mine at the entrance door. When I was young the story behind the wreath was told by my father at the beginning of Advent and I have since past the story onto my children and grandchildren. The wreath represents a sign of Christianity, preparing for the coming of Christ.
It originated in the 19th century from a Lutheran Missionary who spent time at a mission school for the poor. Children at the mission would ask daily if Christmas had arrived. In 1839, the German missionary used a wreath made from a cart wheel to educate children about the meaning and purpose of Christmas, as well as to help them count the days approaching Christmas by using candles.
Today in modern history, five candles are arranged in a circle symbolizing Christ’s eternity, a circle has no beginning and has no end, and it is a symbol for God, who is eternal. They are usually made of evergreens which mean He is forever with us; and of holly that represents anticipation, newness, renewal and Christ’s everlasting. The red berries of the holly represent the shedding of Christ’s blood. Then the five candles placed on the wreath represent the candle of “HOPE”, God is promise and hope. We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises He made to us. Our hope comes from God. The candle of “PREPARATION” means His light and preparation. Get ready, be prepared to welcome God, baby Jesus. The candle of “JOY” is the angels that sang a message of JOY! The candle of “LOVE” represents Christ love for us. God sent His only Son to earth to save us, because He loves us! The fifth white candle located in the center of the wreath is the “CHRIST CANDLE”, the heart and reason for the season; God is the light to the world.
Action: This year leave a legacy and share the history of the Christmas wreath at your Christmas celebration. Remember to give thanks; Christ is the reason for our celebration. Bring the Bible into your home this Christmas Season.
Prayer: Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, let us adore You, Christ Our Lord. Lord Jesus, may I adore you forever with a GRATITUDE ATTITUDE heart. Give me the courage to share your love with everyone I meet. LORD, THANK YOU for your everlasting love and for giving me hope and joy this Christmas season.