Yesterday was the 4th Sunday of Advent. In our family, the fourth candle represents love. Ironically, it’s the one I’m apt to forget if I have to rattle off the Advent candles and their meanings. Hope, peace and joy are words I associate with the season, but love?
As a rather young child, I learned that the Greeks had many words for love – as did most of the ancient lanuages – and that makes sense to me. Obviously, I don’t lurvers a great yarn as much as I love the Knight. I don’t even love Sissy the same way I love my sister, yet in English, the one word covers a broad spectrum. Still, I think all the varieties of love make the world go ’round, and I wish you and yours a season of hope, peace, joy and love.
Because I doubt I’ll have time to blog tomorrow, I want to also mention that some Advent wreaths include a big, white pillar candle in the center, called the Christ candle. It is lit on Christmas Day. Obviously, in the Christian tradition and belief system, Jesus Christ embodies all of the elements represented in the other candles around the wreath.