FreerangeFriday: Lighting the Candle of Hope

by Lilly Lewin
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By Lilly Lewin

The first Sunday of Traditional Advent begins this Sunday with the lighting of the candle of HOPE. We need HOPE more than ever. What does HOPE mean to you? What does it look like to you? What if you spent some time this weekend considering what HOPE is and where and how you find it. Collaging or drawing, taking a walk, talking to a friend, and journaling are all ways you could use to ponder and process the expansive word of HOPE.

What are you hoping for this Advent season?

What is your desire? How do you want to find more HOPE? What can help you do that?

What things are you putting your hope in this season? Does your focus need to change in order to experience HOPE?

Talk to Jesus about HOPE. What would help you connect with him more and thus provide you with more HOPE in the day today?


Sit in quiet and reflect on the things, people and places that bring you hope.

Next, consider where and how you need to receive more hope.

Take time to pray for people who need more hope.

Pray for places in our world that need HOPE today.

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Here’s a Prayer I like to pray during ADVENT.

Lord God,

Calm us as we wait for the Gift of Jesus.

Cleanse us to prepare the way for his arrival.

Help us to slow down and prepare our hearts.

Help us to wait and take time to be with you.

Teach us to contemplate the wonder of God with us.

Teach us to know the presence of your Spirit.

Teach us to bear the life of Jesus and live out his Kingdom.

Today and Always. AMEN

(adapted from Ray Simpson of Lindesfarne)

©lillylewin and

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