The Candle and the Shofar

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.

Luke 21:33

When the Jewish New Year begins in autumn, a leader in the congregation takes a hollowed out ram’s how and blows through it like a powerful trumpet. It’s called a Shofar. A shrill blast sounds across the countryside like a great spiritual “alarm clock” to wake up everyone whose soul is asleep. Similar to the Jewish New Year, Advent begins the Christian year. We are urged to be awake to God and God’s call upon us in life.

The first Advent candle does to the darkness what the Shofar does to the surrounding silence. The single, flickering flame calls us from darkness to light, from being forgetful about the things of God, to focus on them.

The word “Advent” means “coming.” Its a peaceful season of four Sundays with Christmas occurring during the final week, or the Sunday right after that fourth Sunday. Be sure and pick up your Bible everyday and spend quiet time for the light of the daily reading to shine upon your soul. We have to be careful to be silent and focused this season, because Malls and TV advertisements will make your eyes almost squint with all the glitter, lights and noise!
Have a blessed Advent!

Luke 21:25-36

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:

Your words will not pass away. v. 33

For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the First Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…