Although you’ve never seen him, you love him. Even though you don’t see him now, you trust him and so rejoice with a glorious joy
that is too much for words.
1 Peter 1:8
Like the stars that are scattered across the Advent night sky, so does St. Peter write to his beloved Christians who are flung across Asia Minor, the area that is now the country of Turkey (no connection to what you ate on Thanksgiving…bad joke!)
This letter is like an Advent candle. The candle might seem powerless to push back the darkness as some great floodlight would do. St. Peter describes the people going through very hard times: persecution, jealousies, bully-fights from those who do not know God. St. Peter encourages them and lets them feel that though they are small against big attacks, still—like the Advent Candle—the darkness cannot any longer say that there is no light! Not only that, but the flame that lights the candle will also be like the fire that purifies gold and makes it shine more brightly.
So when things happen to you that frighten you or make you angry or sad, just take up this passage and pray slowly over some of the verses in the reading that will bring comfort and joy to your heart. Comfort and joy—two gifts that Jesus wants to give you this Advent and Christmas!
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Not seeing You, I love You v. 8
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
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter
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…