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Advent is the four weeks preceding Christmas and is a time of waiting and preparation for the arrival of the Christ Child. More and more church traditions are celebrating this special time of year. The next few weeks I will be posting information and reflections about the colors and meaning of Advent.
Last Tuesday I shared about the color purple and Advent. But many churches are no longer using purple as much during this season. Even my own church’s vestments are now blue instead of purple.
Purple represents the concept of repentance similar to the Lenten season. Blue symbolizes the expectant nature of the season as in the early blue skies each morning. In the predawn moments while it is still dark, we anticipate the coming King’s arrival.
I have also read the blue signifies the water in first chapter of Genesis – the beginning of a new creation.
As a color blue is symbolic of hope, expectation, and heaven. It is also the color associated with the Virgin Mary in art and iconography.
So I am feeling blue!
Blue inspires us to live our faith in hope and to encourage us to keep a watchful eye for the second coming of Christ. Our dark lives will soon be filled with new Light.
Lord of all Hope, thank you for shining Your light into my dark heart. You, Creator of all, fashions each moment of time and every individual being into a new life.
I like the hopefulness of Advent – the anticipation of light coming into the season of dark.
What does the color blue invoke in your heart?