Friday, December 27, 2013
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Friday, December 13, 2013
Here’s the real explanation. Advent is a time of repentance and reflection, and the purple candles reflect this mood as we prepare for Christmas. While the first two candles in the advent wreath are purple, the third week is pink (or rose) and is the color of joy. The pink candle gets its name from the Latin word, gaudete, which means rejoice. The early church recognized it was spiritually appropriate to rejoice and experience a little joy the third week of Advent, before returning to a more reflective mood the week before the birth of Christ.
We hear a lot these days about the stress and hassles of the season, but it seems to me there is also much joy to experience. Of course the Bible is clear in its rejoicing of “ Joy to the world, the Lord has come.” I wonder what else is it that sets your feet a-tapping and your soul rejoicing? Love to hear what it is that brings you joy.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
As we enter the second week of Advent, how is your stress level? Oh I know, every year we promise to not get caught up in the frenzy and hassle of the season, but it never seems to play out that way. No matter how hard we try, the stress and anxiety return every year.
It is the time of lift to the spirit, when the mind feels its way into the common place, and senses the wonder of simple things: an evergreen tree, familiar carols, merry laughter. It is the time of illumination, when candles burn, and old dreams find their youth again. It is the time of pause, when forgotten joys come back to mind and past dedications renew their claim. It is the time of harvest for the heart, when faith reaches out to mantle all high endeavor, and love whispers its magic word to everything that breathes. Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good.