The Candle of Joy

December 15, 2013
I have always loved the season of advent.  I love the anticipation leading up to Christmas day, I love the glow of the candles on the advent wreath, and I love the remembrance of the birth of my Savior.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the season of advent is so much more than looking back on the birth of Christ and anticipating Christmas, it’s also a season to look forward and long for the day that Christ comes again to gather His children home.  Since I’m nowhere near family, I wanted to share in the advent season with all my friends and family who read this blog and light a virtual advent wreath with you all.
 Joy – an outward show of pleasure or delight; rejoicing
We again remember our hope in the Savior and prepare our hearts for His return as we light the candles.  As we light the third candle, the color sparks a different thought in our minds.  This candle is pink!  This candle represents the joy in the coming of our Savior.  What must the first Christmas have been like?  I’m sure it was loud, smelly, and uncomfortable.  Mary and Joseph had travelled so far and didn’t have a place to lay their heads.  Mary went through the pain of labor without close family to help her through.  Shepherds were the ones God decided to send to be the first witnesses of the birth of the Savior.  But in all this, the overarching theme is joy.  The angels sang, “Glory to God in the Highest.”  The shepherds spread the news to all they came in contact with.  Mary treasured all that had happened and pondered all those things in her heart. 
We also have a great joy.  We have a Savior.  He is Christ the Lord.  We are not in darkness, waiting for the fulfillment of prophecy.  Our Messiah has taken our sins and banished them to the depths.  We have joy in the knowledge of His return.  He is coming again to wipe every tear from every eye, to heal the poor and brokenhearted, and to make the lame walk and the blind see.  Our joy is complete in Him.
“No lion will be there nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there.  But only the redeamed will walk there, and those the LORD rescued will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35: 10

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