|saint andrew by julia bridget hayes|
The Hope candle represents the promise given to the prophets that the Messiah was indeed on His way. They waited, hopeful and filled with expectation, for his coming, an event most of them would never see. Sometimes considered crazy, sometimes social outcasts, and sometimes, wonderfully, believed. Lifetimes of waiting, and still they hoped.
As I look upon my own little candle, I'm reminded to wait hopefully, not just for the Christmas Child and His promises, but for my own child. To spend this time preparing not just our home, but our hearts, bodies and minds for this child's arrival. To push aside any anxieties about health, parenthood and a lifetime of caring, and to wait, hopeful in the promise of a new life.