Candles of Light: A Christmas Message
We light candles in Advent as a sign of expectation amidst the harsh reality. The fragile flame of a candle represents for us that we have only glimpses of the hope that is to come; and yet this tiny flame is able to dispel darkness remembering that darkness does not exist; it is simply the absence of light. We cannot switch on the darkness – but we can switch off the light! For all its fragility, a candle flame is able to pierce the darkness and hold our attention in its midst, giving us direction.
This Christmas let’s stand together holding one another up in a never-ending circle signifying for each and demonstrating the love of God, his unending and unchanging love for each of us.
Hope is something that echoes throughout Christian history. We can trace the story of God’s salvation into some of the earliest teachings of the Old Testament and can see them echoed again in the early chapters of the New Testament. So, as we remember God’s faithfulness in the past, and as we hear God’s promises echoing from history and fulfilled in our Gospel narratives – Let our hope for the future be rekindled.
May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Eternal God, whatever the road ahead requires remind me through the stories of old that you can accomplish more than we can perceive or imagine. And though we often struggle to see how this can be - you call us to simply believe. Amen.