Advent: The Christ Candle

Light and Darkness How often have you been scared of the dark? I know as a kid being scared of the dark was a given. Just to go outside one’s door at night was an act of bravery. So, what makes the dark so frightening? Imagine yourself as a child, being lost in a strange [...]

Advent: Love Candle

Love = Action Ever notice there is more than one way of understanding love. For example love is used to express how much one enjoyed a certain food or drink. It is also used to say how much a person may have liked a particular movie. It is even used by car enthusiasts to indicate [...]

Advent: Joy Candle

Threads Have you ever had a loose thread protruding from a sweater, shirt, sock or pants? You know what’ll happen if you pull on it. You refrain from the urge to pull for as long as possible. However, the temptation ultimately  becomes too great.  The act of pulling the thread results in a hole or [...]

Advent: Love Candle

Second Advent Candle: Radical Love When faced with animosity what is our natural response? As kids it was natural to go into flight or fight mode. Even adults have a similar response to those that are antagonistic towards them. It seems natural to return hatred with hatred or try to hide from confrontation. Jesus taught [...]

Advent: Ordinary Life

As most of us chase our dreams it becomes so easy to lose sight of what is important. It seems we forget how much we’ve been given by God. None of us would do well without family and friends. Our minds and bodies would suffer without food. Our jobs, though often a source of griping [...]

Advent: Hope Candle

On the first Sunday of Advent the purple candle is lit. Traditionally this candle is called the “Prophecy Candle” and is lit in remembrance of the prophets who foretold the birth of the “Christ child”. It is also the candle that represents hope. Hope is a four letter word. It is a word that can either [...]