Day 15 of Advent: The Lamplighter

“In the old days, there was a person in every town who would light the street lamps with a flame he carried at the end of a long pole.  On the street corners, the lamps waited to be lit.  Sometimes, however the street lamps were not easily accessible…there were lamps in forsaken places.  Someone had to light even those lamps so that they would fulfill their purpose and light up the paths of others.  Today too, someone must be willing to forgo his or her conveniences and reach out to light even those forsaken lamps…”

Adapted from a public talk from the Rebbe

There is darkness in our world.  Light provides hope.  Advent for Christians is the time we prepare for Christmas–the anniversary of the Christ child’s birth over two thousand years ago.

As we anticipate Christ’s arrival, let us think of others.  With the spirit of thankfulness, let us be mindful of our gifts and what we might share with others…some are lonely, ill, broken in spirit, or in need of encouragement and understanding.

Like the lamplighter long ago, may we be givers of light and hope as we journey toward this Christmas with open hearts.

Evelyn Doll

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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