We find ourselves in the season of Advent lighting the candle of love. Advent is an exciting time around the church and around many homes as we prepare the way of the Lord. This year, however, I cannot help but think of those who are celebrating this season alone, in nursing homes, in hospitals, or this is the first Christmas without a spouse or loved one. I can’t help but wonder what the season of Advent looks like for them.
We all know 2020 has given us more than we could have expected. Living through a pandemic certainly isn’t something any of us anticipated, yet, here we are. This year has taught us much, though. Personally, it has taught me to love more deeply and treasure my friends and family more than ever. It has taught me to have compassion for “the other” or “the least of these”.
As we light this candle, let us not forget to give thanks for even the smallest of gifts. Let us not forget our brothers and sisters who haven’t received a hug since March. Let this candle of love represent the love that God shows the world understanding that each of us are responsible for carrying that love from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
May we pause, enjoying the light of love, and remember to not be afraid. May we pause in the illumination and listen for what God is calling us to. May we respond as clearly and as boldly as Mary; “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
May the Lord bless you in this season, shinning The Light in you and through you!