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Advent Traditions: Wreath

November 26, 2009
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Advent is the season leading up to Christmas.  This year, it will begin on the Sunday following Thanksgiving.  Over the next few weeks, I hope to point out the significance in  some of the traditions our churches, families, and communities may use to anticipate and celebrate the gracious gift God has given us in Jesus Christ.

The Advent Wreath

If you attend a worship service this coming Sunday, many of you will see a wreath with four candles encircling a larger candle in the middle of the wreath.  Either prior to the service beginning or during the worship, someone will light one of the outer candles.  Each Sunday of Advent will see another one of those candles lit, until the final, center candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  As we light each candle, the wreath becomes continually brighter as we anticipate and await the coming of the true light of the world.

I hope your church community takes time to light an advent wreath, but whether they do or not, know that we, together, await the coming of our glorious Lord.  May His light shine ever brighter.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:4-5)

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