Advent – Week Three – Joy

joy     Today is the third Sunday in Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.  If you are lighting the Advent Wreath, relight the first Advent candle, which was the Prophets’ candle, reminding you that the Prophets of old prepared the way by sharing the hope of a Savior to come.

Relight the second Advent candle, the Angel’s candle, the candle of love, which represents God’s motivation for coming as the Christ Child and living among us.  Today, light the third candle, the shepherds’ candle. It was those ordinary folks, people who probably had very little of this world’s goods, that God chose to be the first to know of the birth of the Christ Child.  Let’s listen to the story as Luke records it:

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Continue reading