I love Advent Candles. Perhaps its just because I'm a pyromaniac at heart. But I think its more because they keep us sane in a season which often seems to have come loose from its moorings.
This year we read John Gresham's "Skipping Christmas". Its not my favorite Christmas story but it helps us keep perspective. While other people fill their holidays with materialism, missionaries tend fill their holidays with meetings and stretch themselves to the limit... So much so that I sometimes rebel and need to be reminded not to "throw the baby out with the bath water."
John reading "Skipping Christmas" to usEither way - too much Christmas spirit or too little - I need the time with the candles every night to regain perspective. And I think I did.
We had a good Christmas this year... I hope you did, too.