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C is for Candle

Today's devotion is written by Cynthia Harrison:

C is for Candle. It is also for cookie, cards, carols, children, Christ, cider, chestnuts and customs.

The letter C has something to show us about being flexible. It can sound like K as in cookie, S as in cider, or a choo-choo train as in children. As we navigate Advent in a world that is profoundly different than any other Advent in memory, we could learn something from the letter C about accepting these changes.

In years past, our Advent included many opportunities to get together with those we love to observe traditions we have come to expect and enjoy. This year because of a virus we can’t even see, we won’t be baking cookies with children so excited they can’t even sit still long enough to stir the dough (unless we are lucky enough that they live with us). We probably won’t be gathering to sing carols together in a candlelit sanctuary on Christmas Eve. We won’t be strolling in a Christmas village with a group of friends, enjoying the many delights and sipping warm cider.

But we can take our cue from the letter C and enjoy our customs in creative and new ways that will help fill our souls with Christ’s love. We can bake those cookies and send them to those we love to enjoy with a mug of hot cocoa. We can sing carols as loud as we like while driving in our cars. And we can enjoy a phone call or video chat with a loved one while sipping that cider. No, it’s not the same, but we will still end up at a manger in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve waiting on a child to be born.

Despite the changes in our world today, our Advent will end with the birth of Christ and we will still hear “…a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV) It is because of the peace from the company of the heavenly host that we can be as flexible as the letter C and enjoy our celebrations in a different way this year while we pray for an end to our isolation.

-Cynthia Harrison