Monday, November 29, 2010

Knowing God - John 1:5

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The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:5
 
The candles mean light in the midst of darkness. The evergreen means life in a season of winter. The circle has no beginning nor end -- like God and his unending love.
 
We're talking, of course, about the Advent Wreath.
  • The first of three blue candles symbolizes Prophets and their Hope.
  • The second candle -- blue again -- represents Bethlehem and Preparations.
  • The third candle -- a celebratory pink -- represents Shepherds and Joy.
  • The fourth -- blue -- signifies Angels and Love. 
  • In the center is the fifth candle, as white and pure as Jesus Christ, the spotless lamb of God.
Now ... where's the advent adventure in the midst of candles? We live in a world of fluorescent bulbs and artificial light. Fire calls us back to nature. 
 
Imagine that you're a shepherd in a wind swept field. The world outside is cold. It's also dangerous. Can you name the wolves that prowl around your family?
 
Each night when you strike the match, make it a statement of faith. Say, "Lord, help me conquer my dark predators with your bright light."
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who wants to light the fire
and confront dragons
(after he toasts a few marshmallows)
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I thought the candles were supposed to be purple not blue. Does it really matter? There are many wolves circling around. Nipping at ankles. Getting closer and closer. I wonder if there is ever a light bright enough and consistent enough to conquer my darkness.

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