like upright candles
where belief is the upward force
growing into a bud flame
which will blossom in the fire of faith
The space between Christmas and Epiphany is a special time. One year I attended almost nightly gatherings honoring Holy Nights at a Waldorf School. This is one song we sung:
A beautiful wreath was given to me on this first Sunday of Advent by Christine a few years ago. This together with the Christmas carol “People Look East” inspired this mosaic.
It is a fusion of eastern and western traditions…
“People, look East, the time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look East and sing today:
Love, the Guest, is on the way.”
–Eleanor Farjeon [1881-1965]
“Come, Spirit who makes a home in us.
Draw us to the treasures of your dwelling.
Reveal to us the inner journey of love.”
” May I Have This Dance?”, Ave Maria Press
My friend, Christine, made this beautiful wreath for me one Advent. This photo was taken after an interfaith Taize gathering I had in my home. I have made this into a greeting card with Joyce Rupp’s permission.
Earlier this year, a teacher, Joan, held a several week session where we learned a little about the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. Before we started the first session, we all lit a candle for our intentions. Joan read a passage from the Bible where Jesus is inviting Peter to walk across the water to him. So Peter walked out to him, but he lost faith, and began to sink. We are all a little like that. So we held Jesus’ hand as we walked on water holding his hand to keep afloat.
Each week we learned how to pronounce Jesus’ prayer in Aramaic. The power of just the sound was evident, even without our full understanding of the meaning.