In this sacred season of Advent, we find ourselves standing in awe before the glowing radiance of the Candle of Love. As we delve into the Scriptures, we're reminded of the profound significance of love in the divine narrative. The New Living Translation (NLT) guides us to 1 John 4:9-10, where the apostle John eloquently captures the essence of God's sacrificial love, stating, "God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."
These verses encapsulate the heart of the Advent message — a narrative of divine love that transcends our understanding. The Candle of Love symbolizes the culmination of this love story, where God, in His infinite mercy, sent His Son as the ultimate sacrifice. It's a love that surpasses our human comprehension, a love freely given without condition, and a love that redeems and transforms. As we light the fourth candle, let us reflect on the great sacrifice made by God to demonstrate His profound love for each one of us. This love, embodied in the birth of Jesus Christ, becomes a guiding light, dispelling darkness and offering the promise of eternal life.