On the four Sundays leading up to Christmas we light Advent candles—one candle per week, each with a different word associated with it: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
Usually the first Sunday of Advent falls on the same date as an important Canadian sporting event: the Grey Cup. [The championship game for the Canadian Football League.] Usually we host a gathering of neighbourhood friends for a Grey Cup party involving unhealthy food and beer. A kind of Canadian Superbowl party. At some point in the evening, we still the TV, quiet the conversation, and take time to be peaceful, to appreciate each other’s friendship, and to light the candle of Hope.
This year the Canadian Football League did not play at all due to COVID. There was no Grey Cup. There was no gathering of friends.
We lit the candle of Hope, but something was missing.
But that’s when we feel hope, isn’t it? When we feel that something is missing. That’s when we yearn.
This year, there is a whole lot of yearning going on. So . . . many . . . things . . . we are missing.
In these times I try to remember that the sunshine side of hope is faith. That’s when we relax in the knowledge that all shall be well.
When we hope, our bodies are taut, we lean forward with fists clenched. In faith, we relax, drop our shoulders, breathe . . .
We hope because something is missing. We have faith because someday, somehow, something’s coming. Get ready.
I’m getting ready to receive the light, the Light that disperses darkness. Your candles quietly proclaim the HOPE of our faith.
And also, I’m ready for a vaccine that may be just around the corner. Amen! 🙂
Oh yes, the vaccine is high on the Hope list of many people. May “normal” life soon resume.
I like your Christmas tradition. There is something quite soothing about having constants in our lives 🙂
Thank you. I have taken some time in replying. I was allowing myself a long break from technology over the past couple of weeks. I was taking time to enjoy some of those traditions. Now I am rested and refreshed!
Glad you took a break. We can all use those from time to time 🙂