December 4, 2016
Advent Week 2: The Candle of Proclamation
It began with a proclamation… What did? Everything. “That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people” (Luke 2:8-10 NLT) God spoke into the darkness of night, bringing light through peace, and it was a statement of an enduring peace. Exactly! The angel speaks words of peace, first to the shepherds, and then to all who have heard or read these words through the ages. The proclamation comes and the proclamation continues. But were there other proclamations as well? Of course, to David and to Isaiah, to Elizabeth and to Mary. When the people of God listen, God will speak. Is that why this candle is called the candle of proclamation this year? Yes, we light it to say that we are open to listening, open to hearing, and open to proclaiming the news and the peace we are given. Jesus has changed our lives and we should be willing to be used in any way he sees fit, as servants or as megaphones. We light this candle as people who are willing to listen, hear, and proclaim. We proclaim that peace from God truly brings light to dark places. Let us pray. O God we thank You for Your son Jesus Christ and the proclamations that both preceded Him and sprang from Him. Help us to listen to Your proclamations and to join them so that the world may know Your peace and love. Amen.
By Mary Stephens