christmas wreath

Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:5

Let us walk in the light of the Lord.  The wreath is hung on the sconce.  Symbols of the season.  The evergreen wreath symbolizes life in the midst of death.  The evergreen leaves alive, when all other leaves are dead.  Its circle has no beginning, nor an end.  Light needs no explanation.  Light in the mist of darkness. (Check out John 1 and John 3.) Let us walk in the light of the Lord.

In the springtime or summer, evergreens usually form backgrounds or counterpoints to the brilliance and beauty of flowers.  In the brightness, daylight or many lights burning, a sconce is barely noticed.  But in the dead of winter and in the dark of night…

How convenient and reassuring that Advent leading up to the Christ Mass celebrating God’s Incarnation comes at the darkest, coldest time of year when all is dormant or in hibernation.  But let’s be clear, that is not the point.  It has nothing to do with winter or climate.  We are talking about the seasons of the soul.  These symbols speak of life and light defiantly standing against death and darkness.  Advent!  An Omnipotent God coming in the humble form of an infant into a world of brutal oppression.  The love of a Living Lord standing in sharp contrast to a jaded cynicism of an amoral society.  This God coming to you and to me – an invitation to something better, a more excellent way.  Nothing could be more real or more present.

The wreath is hung on the sconce.  Life in death, light in darkness. Advent draws us in, it may compel our hearts, but it never forces.  Advent is always an invitation: 

Let us walk in the light of the Lord. 

Larry Lenow

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