Gather around your candles. Read the scripture, speak the prayer, light the candle. For further devotion, read the Christmas Connection.

Scripture — Lamentations 3:21-24:

21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Prayer of Hope:

Great God of Hope, this season of Advent comes in the year of Covid. We are struggling under the weight of numbers. We are lonely from the distancing. We are masked, but that has not blocked the arguments of pandemic. In this darkness we despair. We cry for your hope to come. Remind us of your salvation. Show us your plans that bring life to the full. Let Your light of Hope burn in our hearts. Amen.

Now, Light the Purple Candle of Hope.

Christmas Connection: Isaiah 9:1-7