Today is the second Sunday in Advent and our pastor explained that the second candle in the wreath is for the Angels, who brought the good news to the world. He preached about persistence and perseverance because the world isn't always ready to hear the Christmas message. One of his illustrations was a story about a man who wanted Christmas stamps for some cards and it took many tries, with stamps of winter, hockey, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and snow before he was able to find Mary and Baby Jesus on a stamp. It really made me think about the symbols of Christmas that fill the world and our home. I've been thinking too about Pastor Scott's statement that we still have time to clean out the corners of our lives before Christmas. Our focus for December is so meaningful and very peaceful this year. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for being at the center of our lives and drawing us close to you as we prepare for your coming again.
I found this beautiful picture of a wreath taken by veralebail at family webshots.com .
It was taken in a flowershop in Vienna, behind St. Stephen's Cathedral. I think her family travelled there for Christmas in 2005 and she has a gorgeous set of pictures posted. This would be another beautiful place to visit again someday, especially at Christmas time!!
May your week be peaceful and filled with His light!