Fork Handles (Four Candles)

Each Sunday of Advent we light a candle on our Advent Wreath. Each candle represents people from the story of God and his people.

The candles represent the patriarchs, the prophets, John the Baptist and Mary. Except for Mary, they remind us of people who responded to the call of God and obeyed without ever fully seeing what God promised. They remind us of the characters from Hebrews 11; people who lived by faith and who lived for the promise of God. The powerful challenge is that all died having not witnessed what was promised but still full of faith.

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Even though we live the other side of Easter we too are called to live by faith and maybe to live and work for something we may not witness in our own time.

A prayer written in honour of the martyred Latin American Bishop Oscar Romero expresses this beautifully.

We may never see the end results,

but that is the difference

between the master builder and the worker.

We are workers, not master builders,

ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

As advent people we are reminded that we live for a future that is not our own. It is God’s glorious future. The good news of Jesus is that we are each invited into the future, that we experience the future in the power of The Holy Spirit and that we are called to work together with God for the future here and now.

Grasping this truth alters how we see the vocations God has given each of us. We are called to work for the master builder, to put in place pieces of a jigsaw others may complete, to pray prayers others may see answered, and to share our faith trusting other people will be there further down the line.

Advent reminds us that we are future people. It challenges us to give our lives to this future trusting in the King and in his coming Kingdom.