When I was a child, we used to light advent candles but more out of tradition. We did not talk about the meaning they represented. After looking it up, what I found is the first Advent Sunday candle represents Hope.
Hope. In a world that is experiencing a pandemic- Hope. In a country filled with strife and uncertainty-Hope.
The hope I am speaking of is solid and eternal because of who the anchor of hope is- Jesus. Colossians 1:27:
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Christ in us. Christ with us. Christ for us. Christ our Savior. That is eternal solid hope to look to in the midst of all of the troubles in the world.
I love the song Immanuel by Michael Card. It expresses the hope in Christ so well.