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If we do not light the candle of joy, the darkness wins. Zephaniah proclaims 'Don't be afraid. Dear Zion, don't despair. Your God is present among you. If the church does not proclaim hope and light in the midst of a dark and scary world, who will? You may not feel joyous, but people need to know that the Light of Joy is still burning.

Dennis J. Meaker


Let me offer another take.

The Joy we celebrate at Advent is not related to our emotional state or the tragedy happening around us. God came into a world that was every bit as cruel and filled with violence as is ours. That's the point. We'll light the third candle tomorrow as a symbol of the Joy we take in the Love of God for the world. A love so profound that he died for us while we were still sinners.

Rev. Dennis J. Meaker
Trinity United Methodist Church
2084 Wilson Pike
Franklin, TN 37067

Margaret Cockburn

There has to be a light in the darkness or we would forever stumble around in doom. No eyes weeping with grief will see it just yet but it is there awaiting us lifting our bowed heads from sorrow.

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