Candles of Advent
Four weeks of Advent reflections from our kids.
December 10, 2017 - NPH International
Advent Week One Reflection
The First Candle: A time of expectation and hope.
The first week of Advent is all about hope.
Think about hope as you hear Lamentations 3: 21-24:
“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in the Lord.”
One purple candle is lit.
Gracious God, As the Advent season begins, we come to you looking for hope. When everything else we rely on fails us, our only hope is in you. When we do not understand what has happened, we hope in you.
We can hope for better days because we trust you. We know you and we know you are here with us no matter what we are facing. Some of us see only darkness this time of year. Some of us find life overwhelming. Some of us are filled with Advent joy. Wherever we find ourselves today, Loving God, remind us that our hope is in you. Be with us on this journey.
“For me, hope is like having faith, because you believe in something that you can never see or touch but you believe that it exists.” – Roberto*.
Roberto is one of the first youth who arrived at NPH Bolivia after its founding in 2005. For the past year, he has been giving his year of service as a caregiver caring for the boys between 16 and 18 years old. His Christmas painting for NPH is about 'Hope'. He explained that the big hand is like his large NPH family. He feels like a plant that is given earth and water to grow healthy and become a person with a good attitude and intentions. This big family means a lot to him and being together with everyone is what he loves most about Christmas.
+Source: Liturgy Link (https://www.liturgylink.net/2014/11/11/advent-candles-hope-peace-joy-love/)
The Second Candle: The peace that is to come.
For the second week in Advent, we focus on peace.
In John 14:27, Jesus said,
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
Two purple candles are lit.
Prince of Peace, reveal yourself to us today. We need peace in our lives, our homes, our families, our church, and our whole world. Help us to slow down and seek out the peace you provide, so we may become peacemakers for ourselves and others. In your name, Prince of Peace, we pray.
“Standing there in peace, happy and calm, where you can find hope, and learn about who you are and your potential.” – Narciso*.
Narciso is in his last year of high school at NPH Guatemala. He is quiet and reserved but he always finds his space where he can express himself with his artistic talent. He would like to study graphic design, as he is incredibly creative and talented.
In his drawing, you can see a snowman standing on a rock in the cold winter. It is evening and lightly snowing. Narciso explains, “The snow and snowman reflect tranquility, The two little pine trees in the front represent growth, just like how in life, everything grows with time. For me, the tree covered in snow is like when you are covered with problems and don’t know how to solve them, but you keep standing strong because you have hope that a time of change will arrive."
*Names changed to protect privacy.