Living in the Power of Advent

On Christmas day (or Christmas Eve in some observances) we light the Christ Candle. The Christ Candle is the only white candle and it can be lit with the purple and pink candles or alone instead of the other candles. White represents the absolute purity of Christ, in the center of our hope, preparation, joy, … Continue reading Living in the Power of Advent

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Light the Candle of Love (Advent Week #4)

Merry Christmas to all! We are near the completion of our Advent observance. I pray the focused time on the coming of Christ and all the lessons of Advent inspired greater sensitivity and awareness of the real Christmas miracle. God came to mankind in human form. Hallelujah! Today, along with the two purple candles and … Continue reading Light the Candle of Love (Advent Week #4)

Light the Candle of Joy (Advent Week #3)

To mark the third week of Advent, we light the pink candle (or a third purple candle). The candle of joy is also called the Shepherd Candle. I thought we might begin this entry with the lyrics to the classic Christmas carol written by Isaac Watts in 1719 (music by George Frederick Handel). Pardon my emphasis … Continue reading Light the Candle of Joy (Advent Week #3)

Advent Week 2: Candle of Preparation

We light the second purple candle of Advent this week, also known as the Bethlehem Candle.  Consider all the things we do naturally in preparation for a birth. The efforts include inventory creation -- we purchase the necessary items and start stacking the items away. We set up a room for welcoming the new baby with … Continue reading Advent Week 2: Candle of Preparation

Get Yourself Ready! Advent begins…

If we think about it, one of the major lessons of life is preparation. Memes and messages remind us to live in the present because we spend so much time preparing for the near and distant future.  We "live right" now as preparation for eternity.  We have future plans that we only accomplish by planning … Continue reading Get Yourself Ready! Advent begins…