Today is the Third Sunday of the Advent season. On the Advent wreath, the rose colored candle is lit, which represents Joy. It's also called The Shepherd's Candle.
In light of the tragic elementary school shooting that took place this past Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, I'd have to say there is not much joy in the lives of many today. Survivors, and those who don't even know them are grieving.
And yet.....life goes on, doesn't it? It's hard to even fathom this, and perhaps, sounds a bit harsh to point out, but it does.
Today, please remember to keep those who are grieving and hurting in your prayers -- those whose lives were touched by this tragedy, and those whose sufferings will never make world or local news headlines -- and ask our dear Shepherd, Jesus Christ, to lead them -- and us -- through the dark valleys and into a broad place of joy.
Come, Lord Jesus!
|The Good Shepherd, by Christopher Santer|
Oh, He IS coming. Hold on!