Advent is a season that speaks softly to me, encouraging me to listen, observe, and reflect in quietness. My daily ritual is to light a candle in the darkness of each Advent morning, read aloud a poem or quotation, then sit quietly.
From November 28-December 24 , I will share a piece of writing that I have collected or written, which resonates with my own spiritual journey at this time of year. I hope that their words may be resources for your Advent practices. If you have Advent rituals and/or writing to add, I encourage you to leave them in the comments section for the rest of us to read.
Peace in this time of waiting and discovery.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Third Candle

 Liturgy adapted from United Methodist Church of Chugiak, Alaska

 The first candle reminded us of hope. The second candle reminded us 
of peace. The third Advent candle is the candle of joy

May the light of hope, peace and joy burn brightly in 
our hearts all our days. 

Dear God, in the height of our Advent walk, 
grant us the courage to experience joy. 
Joy in the face of apathy, 
Joy in the face of sorrow, 
Joy in the face of uncertainty. Amen.
(Katherine Hawker)

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