Devotion:

Day One of Advent: Love

let’s dive into the symbolism of the love candle. Otherwise known as the Angel candle, this candle can represent purity.

We see the other candles representing a part of the Christmas story in addition to virtues.

Week One – The prophecies about the coming Messiah

Week Two – Bethlehem, Jesus’ birthplace

Week Three – The shepherds who came to see Jesus

Week Four – The angels who proclaimed the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds

Love, as stated in this article, plays a vital role in the Christmas story. Because of Joseph’s love for Mary, he didn’t stone her when he found out she was pregnant with what he thought was a child out of wedlock with another man (Matthew 1:18-19). Mary has a natural motherly love for Jesus, and ultimately, we see God’s love for everyone by sending his son for us (John 3:16).

Jesus focused on preaching love throughout his ministry. Two of his greatest commands involve love: Love God, love your neighbor (Matthew 22:36-40).

Love is the greatest of all the virtues on the Advent wreath and encompasses Jesus’ entire purpose for being on earth (1 Corinthians 13:13).

How can you show love to someone today?

How have you been shown love lately?