Friday, December 16, 2011

Advent Reflection #19

In churches that celebrate advent (why many evangelicals don't, I don't understand), there is a tradition of candle-lighting.  The candles stand for hope, peace, joy, love.  These are the most beautiful words in the English languages, and they are among the most misused.  Advent is a touchstone for understanding what these words should mean, spiritually speaking. 

Hope - expectation

Peace - wholeness, harmony, not just absence of conflict.  Absence of conflict can also mean death!

Joy - unquenchable lightness of spirit; unstoppable happiness

Love - following what is best for others in the long and short run.

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