Written by Sue Kales

Philippians 4:6-7  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Last Christmas was one for the books! Masks, quarantining, social distancing, food shortages were the new buzz words. Everything, or almost everything, came to a halt, including family traditions, holiday parties, shopping etc. Let’s face it, it was a stressful time.

Personally, I found myself slipping into a funk.  Thinking about what the Advent/Christmas season would look like for our family and for those families who lost loved ones, was very upsetting for me.

Then the candle appeared in our Advent Kit!  THANK YOU, HAYMARKET CHURCH.  I read about the kalenderly countdown candle and the tradition associated with it. It was suggested that we light the candle, at a specific time each day and stop and reflect.

My time to light the candle was late at night when all was quiet in the house.  The lights from our Christmas tree and the kalenderly candle were all that glowed in the darkness. As I watched the flame burn down on December 1, I was amazed at the peacefulness I felt.  Every night, as I lit the candle, a newness came over me. I went from asking God to ease my worries, to thanking Him for all my blessings.

I have read, “the body will go where the mind takes it”. As the days leading up to the birth of our Savior, I focused on the flame each night.  I marveled as I watched the wax melt my worries and I envisioned them disappearing. Sitting in the darkness with only the Christmas tree lights and the candle burning I was reminded again, that life is about change, and change is constant.

This Advent season, I pray that you let hope, peace and joy be your constant in Christ Jesus.

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