|First of Advent|
Today, I filled the holder with sprigs of fresh cedar, rose buds, and a few sea shells. To celebrate and spiritually prepare and in anticipation of the coming of Christmas, I lit one candle and let it burn for a short time.
During this the darkest time of the season, we fill the home with lights in the windows and lights outside the home to chase the darkness away. When we have our meals, we light a candle. It is especially meaningful and solemn to light a candle at dawn before the hustle and bustle begins.
Some people chose to fast during this time for their preparation for the upcoming Holiday. In Washington DC, there is a group of immigrants who have put up a tent, the Capitol Tent, and they are inviting us to join in the fast and prayer for immigration reform (Washington Post, 29 November).
This may not be the right time to go on a fast with all the party invitations from work places, organizations that we support and frequent, friends and family.
This is also a commercial time with newspapers filled with enticing advertisements and flyers from establishments wanting our time and hard earned money. Often, we give in and join the crowds in pulling and shuffling for gifts for the special people in our lives. We hardly have time to give much thought to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.