It isn’t often I double up and post twice on the same day but December is so full of such joy and anticipation that I couldn’t wait another day to talk about December. December holds so much in store for us, and we wait for it all year long. It’s the last, the 12th month of the year. Remember how you disliked being picked last, or being the last in line to receive a treat, or the last line in at the gas pump. December, although it’s last, is chock full of surprises, joys, smiles and so much to anticipate.
Advent is the first thing to happen, and it actually began last Sunday, November 27th. The advent wreath and its candles signal the message of hope, anticipation, waiting, the coming of the One who gives life and hope to the world. In our Presbyterian tradition, we use a wreath very similar to the one here, and as a child I could not wait for the Christ candle, the white one, to be lit. Even then I knew it signified something special. Today I learn from the Christ candle. Together the white candle and I wait patiently for its lighting, its affirmation that once again the Christ Child has come into our midst.
My hope this Advent season is to learn to wait more patiently and to focus on the Christ child the first eleven months of the year as fervently as I do in December. Why is it we forget so easily that which is so important to our faith and salvation? Think on the candles, especially the Christ candle. What does it mean for you? What is special about Advent that touches you? I’d love to hear from you!