John 8:12

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

 

Greetings Little Cedar and Marshall Lutheran Churches!  

 

I kinda like snow. Yeah. I know. Some of you probably don’t want to hear that kind of talk. I think we could use a big old snowstorm so that we all are stuck at home for a couple days. The down side to all of it is that I think we could all use a little more sunshine. 

This cold and dark time of the year is good for lighting candles. Our family likes to light candles in our home. I like that wood wick candles that make a nice crackling sound. Perhaps most importantly, it brings a hint of light. The warmth of light can bring so much comfort. With the scent of the candle it wakes up nearly all the senses.  It makes the worries of the world disappear. 

February 2nd is Candlemas.  It is a Christian Holiday that many traditions celebrate, although rarely in the United States.  Many traditions in Europe celebrate Candlemas with their own cultural twist on the holiday. What all traditions have in common is a blessing of the candles for the year. 

I encourage you during the cold and dark times of winter to light a candle in your home and say a prayer, or just simply take a moment to remember the light of Christ. Below I included a prayer of blessing for candles. In this New Year, may God bless you, your family, and your home.

 

Peace, Pr. Jeremy  

 

O Gracious Father, almighty and eternal God, you separated the light from the darkness. You commanded your servant Moses to keep lamps continually burning before you. Bless and sanctify these candles that their light may be for us a visible reminder of the true light who enlightens everyone coming into the world. As these candles, kindled with a visible flame, scatter the darkness of night, so also may our hearts be enlightened by the invisible fire of the Holy Spirit that we might avoid the darkness of sin, see your salvation, and attain to the Light that never fades away. All this we ask through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

 

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