Christmas is a time of candles and light, but it is not automatic. The candles of Christmas wait until someone chooses to light them. What is true for the candles on our tables, hearths, and sanctuaries is true for the light that shines through us.
In the Church, it's called the season of Advent- which means "appearing" (for a 2-minute explanation of Advent, see the video at the end of this post.) Candles have always played an important part in Advent. We light a candle every week in worship, each with a different theme:
Hope + Peace + Joy + Love
It's more than simply repeating the practices of the past, of course. It is also an invitation to the future. At its best, Advent pulls us into what is "yet to be"- God's future. The real choice of lighting candles is not to extend a familiar tradition one more year, but whether to embody God's hope, peace, joy, and love today.
That means the most important "candle" you will light this month...is you.
How do you relight that candle? What will help rekindle your passion and faith? What miracles of the Spirit need to happen so Christ appears in you?
Here Are Two Simple Things You Can Do: