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Monday, December 26, 2011

Celebrating Advent {The Angel Candle}

Merry Christmas! 

I hope that this Christmas weekend has been a wonderful, and very blessed, one for each of you!

Today marks the fourth Sunday of Advent, and we light the fourth candle...

The Angel Candle

And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."

 Luke 1:30-33

Mary's initial response is just as you'd expect: "How can this be?" She is a young girl, engaged but not yet married, to Joseph. So it was a natural question, and it would have been my first one, too!

She is puzzled at first, because what the angel has said seems so impossible, given the circumstances. But what she finds is what we continue to discover: that God can do anything.

When it comes to thinking outside the box, God has the patent, so to speak! Mary would bear a son, but it would be by His power, and not the standard process. It can be summed up in the last part of the angel's answer: "For nothing will be impossible with God."

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds, in the field abiding, Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.

Lord of Heaven, we adore Thee,
God the Father, God the Son,
God the Spirit, One in glory,
On the same eternal throne.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Lord of Heaven, Three in One.

Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.

~Angels From the Realms of Glory
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Thank you for lighting the Angel candle with me, and I hope you have a good night and a wonderful Monday!



Deborah said...

Beautiful Jenni!!
I loved sitting by the light of His Word here.
Every blessing for the Holy Days!
I'm loving getting to know you and look forward to more in the New Year!
Happy day my friend!!!

In His love,
Deborah xoxoxoox

Patty Marker said...

Such a beautiful post and I love the simplicity of your advent candles. Happy New Year to you! Patty