Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a time when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Long ago the prophets wrote that God would send a Savior.

Isaiah said, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

God’s people waited in hope for Jesus. God sent Jesus to bring light and hope to everyone in the whole world. Today we light the candle of hope.