Lighting the Candle of HOPE:
Today, we begin the Christian calendar with the celebration of Advent and the lighting of the first candle (HOPE). The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, which means to come or arrival. We, as Christians, beginning the process of awaiting the coming of the presence of the Lord in the birth of Jesus. For 28 days, until December 24th, we wait. We live in the generous hope of Christ’s arrival. We live, because Christ is alive and that ushers in peace, joy and activates our capacity to love. Those capacities were on ample display tonight as we joined with our partners in ministry, Mision Bautista Hispania de Westchester, to sing carols and light our Christmas Tree of lights which are now beautifully illuminating North Street.
Each day I will be blogging my advent reflections as we wait together for the arrival of God’s presence in the world. As we wait for our greatest calling to materialize. As we wait for God’s desires for our lives to become manifest. We wait, so that we can take a much needed pause from the busyness of this world and decide to encounter the presence of the living Lord, anew. Will you join me, as we wait?
“I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you … so that you may know the truth …” Luke 1:3-4
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