On the first week of advent we lit the candle of hope
Last week, we lit the candle of love.
Today, we light the candle of Joy.
It is hard to acknowledge joy in the face of the dreadful act of violence that occurred in the Connecticut school two days ago. For the survivors who suffer greatly, we wish for them the tender compassion of Christ. Even at this distance, we bless them with our wishes of healing. We pray that one day the gift of hope will return to them.
We celebrate this third week of Advent because we will not shy away from the idea that joy is with us even in the darkest of times.
Today, as we light these candles, let them be for those who died in that tragedy, as well for the Christ child who one day will rescue us from dark times such as these.
From Psalm 30:5: “Weeping may stay through the night. But rejoicing comes in the morning.”