Today we light the candle of Hope.
Advent candles, wreaths, and readings might or might not be part of your Christmas celebration. I didn’t grow up with the tradition in my home, but observed it in my church. Some of us love the rituals of the seasons. Others simply embrace the season.
For quite a few years I was involved in leading children in worship, and in the liturgy and lighting of the advent candles. I live in a different place now and I serve behind the scenes. But, those memories are tender in my heart.
Another memory that is tender in my heart is singing the song, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” I remember singing it in an old, ornate, and even gilded Lutheran church as a young child. It was a terribly mournful sounding song to me then. It still is. Having lived a few more years….seeing the pain of friends going through divorce, life-threatening illness, and losing jobs…. seeing a country whose capitol is no longer recognized….and knowing of the cries of those who are captive in human trafficking, and even today, slavery…I understand, more than ever, the need for hope. That old hymn sung in a minor key is a cry for release. And it is as real as it was when the song was written in the 12th century.
The good news is…. We do have hope. Real Hope. We have Christ. And we join in chorus singing….Rejoice!!
During this season of Advent we anticipate the Reason for our hope coming back again to this aching world. We anticipate all wrongs, righted. We look forward to no more war or sickness or pain or chains or tears.
Today we light the candle of Hope with a capital H. In doing so, my heart is filled with JOY! Even more joy than the child who lit the candle of Hope in kids’ worship. And believe me, that is pretty exciting.
It’s Joy Day!
The day we take time to rejoice in God’s gifts over the past week.
Will you join me in counting just seven? I’ll start:
I’m grateful for…
- The delivery, by the man in brown, of my rebuilt laptop (which I’m typing on now)!!!!
- Realizing that Jesus was a man of great physical strength and character when he walked the earth.
- The privilege of using my gifts to serve my husband in his work.
- Our car passing inspection without incurring any additional cost.
- God’s provision and answer to my prayer for free Christmas greens. Thank you Lowe’s.
- Decorating the house outside on December 1st in a sweater and no coat.
- Fresh ground organic peanut butter on crackers.
It’s your turn!! Scroll down and leave your seven in “share your thoughts” below. Please know I will read and comment on each one. And believe me…your joy meter will rise as you remember and share your seven.
Do you have a favorite Advent memory?
What makes the season of Advent meaningful to you (and your family)?
If you’d like to hear Enya sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” click here. Enjoy while your share your seven.
May your season of Advent by Extraordinary!
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