Growing up I loved advent. It ushered in a bit of change from the usual liturgical service. There was greenery, ribbons and candles! Peaceful readings, Christmas carols and those pink and purple candles. Oh how I longed to be chosen to the light the pink candle. The pink candle of JOY! My very favorite.
Oh Advent…-the coming.
A time to celebrate His birth-that moment that He came to earth.
A time to be grateful for his daily presence.
A time to remind ourselves that He is coming again and His kingdom will have no end!
A time for peace & reflection.
A time to be still.
Oh the Advent wreath…
A timeless tradition meant to still us, remind us, and move us to reflect on the birth of our savior. That amazing moment in a stable over 2000 years ago. A moment that split time for eternity.
A circle with no beginning and no end, the infinite eternal of our LORD.
A circle weaved with evergreen to symbolize life, eternal life, life that is ever green-vital, growing, and fruitful.
Candles that each hold a meaning, bringing into focus an attribute of our savior. Hope, love, joy, and peace. All the things longed for by our fragmented world.
The Christ candle. White sitting in the center, a reminder of the right position of Christ in our very lives.
Advent, the season to anticipate the coming of Jesus lands in the craziest month DECEMBER!
Sometimes I find that I am so busy with Christmas I forget about Christ.
Perhaps this is the year to celebrate advent in my home with an advent wreath; a simple visual to remind my family that all the really matters is Jesus.
It is not too late, this is week 1.
To get you started:
Week 1, light the purple candle of HOPE
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wins like eagles they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.
Week 2 light the purple candle of LOVE
“He answered: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Luke 10:27
Week 3 light the pink candle of JOY
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’ ” Luke 2:10
Week 4 light the purple candle of PEACE
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
On Christmas day light the Christ Candle. He sits on the throne, he is center of attention, and He is the hub that brings order, focus and purpose. He alone is most high.