Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December 1 - Candle of Hope

Looking back on my childhood, our Advent started on December 1st and ended on Christmas.  My mom handmade 25 little pockets of paper on a large piece of cardboard and filled it with activities for every night leading up until Christmas.  It was tradition.   It was long before all the dazzle of pinned ideas and social media inspiration.  It was simple, but magical and deeply rooted in faith and family.  The anticipation of opening up the slip of paper every night to see what the activity was exciting and part of preparing our hearts for the real meaning of the season.

Tonight's activity in our home wasn't as planned as my mom was so amazing at making it all happen.  Tonight was cutting some branches off our trees, in only the light of the moon, because I wasn't as prepared as I had hoped.  I quickly added the fresh greens to our centerpiece holding the candles to be lit each night.  This first week is Hope.   Our Advent Devotional reading is Unwrapping the Names of Jesus.
2 The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
    on them has light shone.  Isaiah 9:2

We lit the candle of Hope, whispered a prayer, read the devotional, and listened to Silent Night.  The candle danced its light in the darkness around us.  I paused.  My heart and mind both met quietness.  This is tonight's handful of quietness.

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