The Reverend Dan Herron
My Thoughts On Lighting The First Candle On Our Advent Wreath
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means "coming" and in this season we prepare for the coming of Christ. One of the ways we prepare for his coming is by making an Advent wreath and lighting its candles to remind us of the gifts Christ brings to the world.
The Advent wreath includes many symbols to help us think about Christ and his gifts. The wreath itself is in the shape of a circle. A circle has no beginning and no end. This reminds us that there is no beginning and no end to God and that God's love and caring are forever.
The light from the candles - which grows stronger each Sunday in Advent, reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.
Today we light the candle of HOPE. The people of Israel hoped in God's promises and were not disappointed. Again and again God delivered Israel from its enemies. We too have the same experience of salvation. That is why we believe in God's promise to send Jesus to us once again to judge the world and establish his kingdom forever upon the earth.
HOPE is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at the light of this candle we celebrate the HOPE we have in Jesus Christ.
Lighting the Candle for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Last Sunday we lit the candle of JOY. We light it and the candles of HOPE and PEACE again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God's promises and bring us everlasting peace and joy.
The fourth candle of Advent is the Candle of LOVE. God's Love is a perfect Love. It holds nothing back. God, in Love, gives us everything we need to live a life of Hope and Peace.
The bible says that "God so loved the world that he gave his onl Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life." Jesus shows us God's perfect love.
This is what Love is like: Love is patient, Love is kind and
envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. Love is not quick to take offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people's troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that Love cannot face, there is no limit to its Faith, to its Hope, to its endurance.
Love never ends. We light the candle of Love to remind us that Jesus brings us God's Love and shows us how to Love others.
Love is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this
candle we celebrate the Love we find in Jesus Christ.
May this Christmas find you in the arms of Christ's HOPE, PEACE, JOY and LOVE. And may 2018 be the best year of your lives so far.
My reflections on lighting the Third Advent Candle.
Last Sunday in Churches and households throughout the world we lit the candle of PEACE. We light it and the candle of HOPE again as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to judge the world and bring it everlasting peace.
The third candle of Advent is the Candle of JOY When the angel Gabriel told Mary that a special child would be born to her she was filled with JOY. She sang a song that began with the words: "My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Just as the birth of Jesus gave great JOY to his mother, so his presence in the world gave JOY to those who had none before. He healed them and gave them HOPE and PEACE when they believed in him. From HOPE, PEACE, and LOVE grows JOY.
We light the candle of JOY to remind us that when Jesus is born in us we have JOY and that through him there will be everlasting JOY on earth.
JOY is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the JOY we find in Jesus Christ.
My thoughts on lighting the Second Candle of Advent.
Last Sunday, in Churches and in households throughout the world, we lit the first candle in our Advent Wreath, the candle of HOPE. We light it again this Sunday as we remember that Christ, who was born in Bethlehem, will come again to fulfill all of God's promises to us.
The Second candle of Advent is the Candle of PEACE. Peace is a word that we hear a lot. It is one of the things that we Hope for. Christ brought peace when he first came to us and he will bring everlasting peace when he comes again.
The prophet Isaiah called Christ "the Prince of Peace". When Jesus came he taught people the importance of being Peace makers. He said that those who make Peace shall be called the children of God.
We light the candle of Peace to remind us that Jesus is the Prince of Peace and that through him peace is found.
Peace is like a light shining in a dark place. As we look at this candle we celebrate the peace we find in Jesus Christ.