The Miracle of Candles – Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent 2017
The four candles at Christmas are nice and the little practice of lighting them one each week is lovely to observe, but what is really going on with the candles? Why do we even have candles, electric lights are so much more efficient, especially the LED lights? Let’s take a short trip into the past of our heritage. The menorah for the Jewish people, candles lit every year just around Christmas symbolize the faithfulness of God. For us who are Christian, meaning we follow the Son of God, the candles are more than decoration, they are a reminder of the wonderful acts of God. They remind us of the faithfulness of our God in sending Jesus. When the Advent candles are lit, for us, they symbolize the light of hope, faith, joy and peace, for the world.
This Sunday we light the candle of hope or sometimes called the prophets’ candle. The role of the prophets had nothing to do with fortune telling, as sometimes we are led to believe, no their role was much more important! They consistently called God’s people back to him as they went astray. The prophets remind us of the hope we have in God, that He will truly restore His people who are called by name. They remind us that God desires for all men to be saved, saved from our own foolishness, saved so that we can enjoy life and the blessings that God has bestowed upon each of us.
Remembering that our hope, our inheritance, is found in the risen Christ and that at this time of the year we look forward to seeing our Lord face to face, acknowledging that there is no other force in the world that can compare with our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and He is the light of the world. What gives us hope in the midst of this mad, mad, mad world? That Jesus overcame death and Satan and offers eternal life to all who would accept it. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. Again I say Amen!