The First Candle

We gathered around the table to light the first candle and read the Story.

We discuss, we laugh, we try to settle down.

Why do we do what we do?

The confession comes in the most innocent way.

“It’s hard to not think presents and Santa are what make Christmas most fun.”

I consider and understand and relate completely.  Who doesn’t love receiving the perfect gift?

Imparting on a child to understand what Christmas is about while all the other distractions spin around them, competing for their devotion.

But then it dawns on me.  This is why we do this.

The waiting. The reading. The praying.  Acknowledging we live in the expectation.  Placing ourselves in the Story with Sarah and Abraham, Zaccheus,  the Shepherds, the Wise Men, Simeon and Anna.  We try to understand what they discovered as we discover how the Story shapes our lives today.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD” ~ Jeremiah 29:13-14

We do this to seek Him.  In the in between of  Two Advents, we seek Him.  We practice the traditions not to be religious but to begin to understand.  The more we pursue Him our roots lay deeper and take hold in our foundation.  We look for him in the pages of black and red words.  We long for Him in the every day.

We do this to find Him so our hearts become wrapped around Him like a baby that clings to a mother.

Obedience precedes understanding.  This is love. This is hope. This is the promise of security.

He is the gentle Shepherd that came for his sheep on a cold night in Bethlehem.  The seeking began that night when the hearts of a few workers in the fields were stirred to seek Him.  With fear and trepidation they go.  They looked and found what they had been waiting for.

Do you wait with expectation?

2 thoughts on “The First Candle

  1. Charity Singleton says:

    Suzie – I found you through the High Calling RSS feed, and have so enjoyed reading about your family’s conversation over lighting the first Advent Candle. I celebrate Advent each year and find that the season shapes so much of the conversation during this time.

    I wanted to mention that I am hosting an Advent Writing Project for the High Calling if you’d be interesting in slipping the URL for this post into the link up over on my blog. Here’s a link to the project post: http://www.charitysingleton.blogspot.com/2011/11/week-1-day-2-advent-writing-project.html.

    It was great to meet you today.

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