Sunday, December 6, 2009

The second candle of Advent

The Bethlehem candle~

Well, I meant to post at least once before it was time to light the second candle, but here it is Sunday already!

I found the wreath I made last year, but couldn't resist adding a little twine bow to the center candle. I love kind of looks silly here, but in "real life" it looks much better. You'll just have to trust me on this one, though...this is definitely not the best picture...

AND it is really hard to find a "cute" place to take a picture in this kitchen-not-quite-finished! SO with my disclaimers aside, let's light the Bethlehem candle...actually, we'll let my son light it! (With my supervision, of course!)

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times...
He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace."

~ Micah 5:2,4-5

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

Now we'll enjoy the beauty of the lit candles...oh, and here's a picture of Gracie's Advent candle holder that she sanded and decorated in Sunday school this morning, and is very proud of! It looks so pretty all lit up! :)

Did you have a good week? I hope so! Christmas time can be so crazy, huh? Already I can feel things speeding up! Christmas is coming, ready or not, in just 19 days! (And a mere 18 if you're on the East Coast right now! :)

Hoping you have a wonderful night,


Angie said...

The candles are beautiful and I just love the one your daughter made! You are reminding me of the true reason for Christmas. Thanks!

Tracey said...

Lovely! That's my favourite Christmas carol too. The big day will be here & gone before we know it....ready or not! XXX

bubble said...

lovely post! I have always loved that christmas carol! xx

Robin Beck said...

I think the twine looks beautiful, but I know what you mean. My Christmas tree is lovely but pictures never do it justice.

I adore Gracie's advent candle, she did such a wonderful job on it.

Have a great week! It's freezing here, I just bought heat tape for the hummingbird feeder! Poor little guys, I wish they would fly south for the winter!


Anonymous said...

Your candle wreath is beautiful! Loved this post!