- The Advent wreath is a circular evergreen wreath and has four purple/red candles around it and a white one in the center.
- The circle of the wreath reminds us of the Eternal Father and His endless mercy.
- The green of the wreath points to the hope that we have in the Father, the hope of newness, renewal, and everlasting life.
- The candles symbolize God's light coming into a dark world through the birth of His Son.
- The four outer candles represent the waiting period during the four Sundays of Advent symbolizing the four hundred years of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the First Noel.
On each day of December until the 25th, Rose, Grace, or Josiah opens a window in an Advent calendar during or after dinnertime. Sometimes some arguing takes place concerning who will open the window, and I try to remember that I'm simply being given an opportunity to teach about the Son of Man. Unfortunately I do not always pass the test. Last year we started reading Ray Pritchard's Let's Go Straight to Bethlehem every evening, and we'll continue using this solid Advent devotional.
After I read the devotional, we might discuss it a little before Megan reminds us about what we can pray for. Rose starts off the prayers, and I am always the last to pray. We pray about what we learned during the devotional, we praise our Father for who He is and how He blesses us, we pray for others, and we confess our sins. Even Josiah takes part although sometimes he has trouble focusing. I cut him a bit of slack since he just turned four; however, I'll be expecting way more from him when he's the big five.
So there you have it - Wickersham family devotionals during the Advent season. What about music? We need to work on that, and I'll be giving it some serious thought in the next month. Below are some links that can help you worship our Wonderful Counselor during this Advent season. Merry Christmas from the Wickershams!
desiringGod Advent resources
The Gospel Coalition Why Celebrate Advent?
Reviewing Ray Pritchard's Let's Go Straight to Bethlehem
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6