Sunday, November 30, 2014

Advent Wreaths

Due to scheduling issues we did not attend our home church.  We attended a church in East Lansing.

Father Jerry surprised me in his sermon.

Today is the first day of Advent.  Advent is the period of anticipation and preparation leading up to Christmas.

South Haven Lighthouse.  Picture from HERE
Father Jerry told the congregation that Michigan has 106 lighthouses.  He knows because he is a lighthouse groupie.  He is enchanted by lighthouses.

Picture from HERE

He suggested that we think of the candles in Advent Wreaths as moral lighthouses.  Through the course of the year we drift from the course.  Sometimes the weather is sunny.  Often the weather is stormy.

It does not matter.  The lighthouses' rest on foundations of rock.  The paths they mark do not move.  We look to the light to adjust our paths.  Sometimes the adjustments are small.  Sometimes the adjustments are violent.  We ignore the light at our peril.

It is an intriguing idea.

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