by John Parrish
Know the triumphant moment when we raise our candles to heaven singing Joy To The World on Christmas Eve? What a moment of community and connectivity. There's such a presence of the Holy Spirit, as the light grows from the Advent candle and through the congregation, as the world comes into the light revealed in our Savior.
Following the service, candles are collected and stored in anticipation of next year's celebration. Little did we know our Wesley group would come in contact with the candles again so soon into the New Year. Candles are made of wax. And wax drips. So, when we inquired about a service opportunity, we learned these candles needed to be restored for the next Advent season. That meant discarding candles from holders that had become too small, scraping off dripping wax, and inserting new candles where needed.
Simple? Yes. Seven of us completed the effort in about 90 minutes. But with each little task we take on, we're reminded of the importance of our efforts, as we were today at the Missions & Outreach luncheon. Even the smallest act has a rippling effect of Making God's Love Real in our community and around the world.
Next time we raise our candles, I'm sure all us candle scrapers will be that much more connected with our congregation and the God that loves us all.
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