Candles of Advent

Each month our church puts out a little calendar of upcoming events and the birthdays and anniversaries of the members. I put a little half page article on the back of the calendar. Here is what I wrote up for December.

Another season of Advent is upon us. It is a season filled with both Christian and secular anticipation. It seems that around every corner we find tasks to fulfill. We have some where to go or something to do, and the season becomes so busy we are overwhelmed. We forget that we are still the ones making the decisions about what we do. We allow others to invite, suggest and convince us that we can’t be happy unless we are constantly on the go.

Advent, December, the days leading to Christmas should be our most blessed and yet some years we would rather hide in our houses with the lights off in order to have some rest. The season of Advent is an anticipation of the light that entered the world in the form of a child and grew up to die for our sins, so we, too, could experience Salvation.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then verses 4-5: “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Advent is about that light and about arranging our lives so that nothing overshadows or blocks our the light that Jesus brings to our lives.

The Advent candles we light are (nouns): hope, peace, love and joy. The represent the feelings we need to hold close at this time. Yet sometimes we are testy from too much on our minds, and we don’t always respond as we should. Hope, peace, love and joy should be more than feelings; they should be (verbs) our actions, not just at Advent, but throughout the year, if we are to really be followers of the grown Christ Child. May you all have a very Blessed Christmas Season.

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