The Prophecy Candle: Hope

Today in our advent series A Light Dwelling, we are lighting the first of five traditional candles of the Christmas season. You don’t need anything fancy to mark this day, but lighting a candle can remind you and those around you that God fulfilled the prophecy that He would send a “great light (to) those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness” (Isaiah 9:2).

Light: Prophecy Candle

Read: Isaiah 9:6 and Romans 15:12-13


  • O Come O Come Emmanuel: Link to the new King and Country version here. Audrey Assad’s Latin and English version is here. If you have little ones in the house, they might like this version from Sandra McCracken.
  • Come Thou Long Expected Jesus: As with so many Christmas carols, many versions abound. Here are two suggestions: Meredith Andrews sings this one, and Chris Tomlin is joined by Christy Nockels here.
  • The Thrill of Hope: This album by Christy Nockels is one of our favorites here at Her songs take you through the Advent season beginning with A King is Coming Prelude here.

Enjoy: Bake and decorate Christmas cookies with your children. As you play the suggested Christmas carols, talk about what each family member is looking forward to this Christmas season and why we look forward to the coming of Immanuel.

Following our theme A Light Dwelling, we highly recommend you head over to The Keeping Company and purchase the newly released book The Light Gift, a beautiful Christmas book for you to share with your children and grandchildren. This story will likely become a family favorite.