I Thes. 5:16-24

Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

give thanks in all circumstances;

            for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Do not quench the Spirit.

Do not despise the words of prophets,

             but test everything;

                        hold fast to what is good;

                         abstain from every form of evil.


May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely;

and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless

at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.


            from Rev. Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), McMechen

            When I read these verses they struck me in a way that I had never thought of before.   If we look carefully, we can see the Advent candles brought to light.  The Advent season is the Christian’s time to look forward to celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior:  We look to the hope of spending eternity with Jesus.  We tend to be more joyous at this time of the year, to be at peace with our soul and body, and pray that all the world could do the same.  Of course love blossoms more at this time of the year.

            Why is this?  We seem to turn to the “love one another” phrase more fervently during Advent.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could continue to “love one another” throughout the entire year?

            Let us keep the fire of the Spirit throughout the coming season and also into the coming year.  May we all remember that this season is not the giving and receiving of gifts, but the celebration of the birth of our hope of salvation.

 Father, we pray that the hope, peace, joy and love candles

be lit in our souls throughout the season.