Lighting The Hope Candle
My family and I are members of Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Advance, North Carolina. In December of last year, my family was honored to be able to light the Hope candle during Advent at our church service. The Scripture I read for the lighting of the Hope Candle was Romans 8:22-28 and it has stuck with me ever since.
Romans 8:22-28 NRS
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now;
23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen?
25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Excerpt from www.biblestudytools.com
by Jon Welborn
Jon is a Superior Court Judicial Candidate and has over a decade of experience litigating a variety of cases in all NC Trial Courts. Learn more about his campaign at WelbornForJudge.com or on Facebook. For specific legal questions, contact Welborn Law.