Advent Season, and the Significance of the Wreath

Shared by Sandy Diaz

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ­

– Luke 2:11 (NKJV)

The advent season is upon us. A time in which many Christians celebrate it by lighting candles on the “advent wreath.” The wreath has it significance beginning with the circular shape… “one without a beginning or end symbolizes God’s complete and unending love for us.” The candles placed on it during the Sundays before Christmas bring us closer to the arrival of Christ, the light of the world. Each represents something that we as individuals, communities and the world search for; 1st candle PEACE, 2nd HOPE, 3rd JOY, 4th LOVE and finally the CHRIST.

Recently I walked past a group of parents and children holding hands in a circle. I smiled as I thought of things they perhaps were talking about. It made me think of the many ways we create circles, such as children sitting on a rug listening to a story; people holding hands in prayer; people square dancing; a family having dinner and a group of people holding a meeting. Just like the advent wreath, they reflect unity on some level; each has an expectation.

During advent, we too are in expectancy; we hope for peace, we seek love through the gift of the savior and we experience joy in His arrival. Next time I sit in a circle, I will try and remember its significance; I will work for peace, hope for love and joy, and try and let Christ be the center of it.

 

May the Christ reign in our hearts this advent season.

 

 

Published by marciedoll

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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