This morning we lit the first candle of Advent, the candle of hope. It is also the candle of prophecy. God telling the world of things to come in advance. Some of the prophecies were dire warnings, but many, like the ones we will read today are promises of blessing and hope for the future. Where is your hope today? Are you discouraged at work? Are you tired of doing your work and others’ too? Do you have loved ones who are hurting and you can’t fix it? Do you have family and friends who walked away from their faith or never trusted Christ as Savior? Your loving heavenly Father is calling you to new life in His Son Jesus Christ: The Hope for this world. He is calling you to move from despair to real hope.