Wednesday, December 9

advent 2009

My favorite symbol of Christmas and faith is always the lighting of candles. The separation of light from the darkness that is symbolized by candlelight is powerful in its drama. From the first moment of creation when God declared, “Let there be light!” and there was light and God saw that it was good, light came to symbolize the triumph of God in his victory over the darkness of sin. Scripture tells us that God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. So it is with joy that we use the lighting of candles each week in the Advent season to focus our thoughts as we anticipate once again that “the people who walk in darkness shall see a great light.” As the apostle Paul wrote, “When in the fullness of time God sent forth his Son, we know it was because God loved the people of the world so much that he sent his Son, Jesus, the light of the world, to save us from the darkness of our sins. But the blessings that we receive as we celebrate the coming of the Christ-child remind us of the responsibility that we have to bring this Word to a world that has never experienced or comprehended the message that Christ brought. And this is the message: The Savior has come – and he is coming again. Jesus told his disciples (and we count ourselves among them), “As you go, preach, saying ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.’” As we light our Christmas candles, may the Holy Spirit give us a vision that will burn within our hearts.

Set our souls on fire, Lord,
Set our souls on fire!

– Phyllis Polly

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