Luke 2:10-11 “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
I am, as always, behind the curve this year. Today, Sunday, is the second Sunday of Advent. The lighting of the Peace candle. (Last Sunday was the first Sunday and the Hope candle was lit) I had the best of intentions in November when I started planning my blog posts about the Advent season. Then life happened, a child or two or ten called and chaos rained down on our family.
Last week I watched them light the Hope candle at church and wondered where my hope was.
Tears. Brokenness. Not the way I thought the Advent season would begin. Again Lord? Really?
I fought with the Lord all week long. I wanted. I demanded. Me. Me. me. me. Look at me God. Aren’t I pitiful? Where is my hope? Why can’t I have hope? Why can’t I have peace? Why can’t I have joy? Why can’t I have love? Aren’t those the components of the Advent Season?
Then, in a swirling, noisy, beautiful combination of ladies, tea, and yummy food, my awesome Father showed me hope. No wait. He didn’t just show me hope. He showered me with it. He reminded me that to find hope I have to give hope to someone else. And the only way I can do that is by sharing Him with those around me. His miracles. His moments. His deep and abiding love for every one of His daughters, His princesses.
This morning, as I watched the Peace candle spring to life in the soft darkness of the sanctuary, I felt an overwhelming sense of the Holy Spirit. In that moment I realized that I was doing it again. I was trying to tell God what I needed to have Hope. What I should have so I felt Peace. Where I should go to find Joy. And definitely telling Him how He should show me Love.
Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. All the components of the Advent Season. All the things I thought I needed for myself. But oh how wrong I was. They are not things that I can demand for myself. They are gifts to me, that much is true. Yet they are not gifts to keep. They are gifts to share, to give away.
When I show someone where to find the Hope of the World 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 they will never again feel hopeless.
When I show someone where to find real Peace John 14:27 they will never again need to know fear.
When I show someone where to find true Joy Psalms 5:11-12 they will never need to be sad again.
When I show someone what perfect Love is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 they will know they are perfectly loved.
It’s not too late to start the Advent tradition. Yes I know you are two candles behind. But that’s okay. So am I!!!! Pull out your candles (it doesn’t matter what color they are) and light the first two. Spend time thinking about what Hope and Peace mean to you this season. Then go out this week and shower everyone you know with the gifts of Hope and Peace.
Meet me here next Sunday as we light the Joy candle together!
©Michelle Welch, 2013, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries
photography by Michelle Welch, all rights reserved
Scripture from KJV Holy Bible