The white candle reminds us that Jesus is sinless, spotless Lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for His death; His death was for our birth!
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council.He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:1-8
God sent His Son to earth to save us because God loves us.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.John 3:16-17
The third Sunday of Advent is Joy. We light the pink candle of Joy.
…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:7-12
The angels sang a message of joy.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:13-15
Today we have world news at our fingertips via internet. Back in the 40’s we had radio and newspapers. Period. But the news spread like wildfire. I was too young to understand what was going on, but I remember my parents listening to the radio and reading the newspaper. The news wasn’t good. Until the day in 1945, when the news was that the war had ended! That was a bittersweet day. The war was over. We won! A day to celebrate! But so many lives had been lost and/or maimed, including my Uncle Richard (See previous post) … celebrate? How?
I remember the day my mother heard over the radio that thousands of Jews had been imprisoned and/or killed. Why? How? Was it true? As the news unfolded she knew it was true.
Those were very troubling times. But they were times we must remember. History must not repeat itself. The United States is a country that was founded on the belief in God. This is a fact we must remember and act on. John 3:16. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV
Today begins Advent. Awaiting the birth of the Savour. This is the candle of Hope or expectation. We have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promise made to us. Our Hope comes from God.
And again, Esaias saith, “There shall be a root of Jesse, and He that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles trust.” Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:12-13
One year ago last evening I decided to stay all night, with my mother, in the nursing home. No one objected. I drank lots of coffee and Coke to help me stay awake. I read. I played games on my computer. I observed Mother’s breathing. I talked to her even though she didn’t respond to me. I prayed…oh, how I prayed… I must have dozed off sometime between two and three o’clock. I woke up about four o’clock. Her breathing was different. I moved from her lounge chair to a wheel chair and wheeled myself right up to her bed. I watched her closely and talked to her. I put my hand on hers. I told her I was Anita. I told her I loved her. I told her she’d been a good mother. I told her God loved her.
At seven o’clock AM she took her last breath.
I, tearfully, made some phone calls, first to my husband, Jerry. Then I called my brother’s, Bill and Richard. Next, I called my children.
Family began arriving. A man, who introduced himself as a chaplain, came in to comfort us. We talked and then he began singing! He had a beautiful voice. We finally joined in with him. Amazing Grace! He took out an instrument and began playing! He explained to us it was a Native American Flute.
Finally…the men from the funeral home arrived. We went out to the hallway while they prepared to take her away. When we went back into the room to say our final good-byes, I couldn’t believe it…! Mother looked beautiful! Her hair was combed so nicely and she had such a peaceful look on her face! I’ll never forget seeing her for those few minutes! I lingered and kissed her good-bye…
We all went back out to the hallway to wait for the men to bring her out and take her away. The chaplain explained to us that when she was brought out he would follow and then we should follow him! Like a parade! We did…it was unforgettable! We were a parade with Mother leading! Chaplain played his flute as we walked down the sidewalk to the vehicle. It was beautiful!!! I’ll never forget it!
So a year has gone by… I miss Mother so much. Sometimes I’ve needed to ask her a question. Sometimes I’ve just needed to be with her. I’m so thankful for her personal relationship with Jesus and that she and Dad taught me to love and trust Jesus. I also have a personal relationship with Jesus so I know, without a doubt, that I’ll see her again! The Bible tells me so!
Dying is a lonely journey. Not only for the sick person but also for the family. As hard as we may try to avoid death, the truth is that we do a lousy job of it. Science and medicine will certainly postpone it, even staying healthy might seem to delay it, but the harsh reality is that death does not wait for you, it does not ask you, and it does not listen to you. Death ignores your feelings and wants; you do not matter to death…Death is the only certainty in life! We need to remember that our existence here is fragile, and we never have as much time with people as we think we do. If there is someone or someones out there that you love, don’t neglect that and don’t put off engaging with them because waits for no-one... Vic's Journey ended on 18 January 2013 at 10:35. She was the most courageous person in the world and has inspired thousands of people all over the world. Vic's two boys are monuments of her existence. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. I will miss you today, tomorrow and forever my Angle Child.