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December 11:

The Candles

Listen to our daily Advent story beginning December 1.

In the 1600s the British conquered Ireland and implemented harsh laws that affected Irishmen and even drove out the religious leaders, warning them never to return. However, on Christmas Eve, Irish families of faith would place three candles in their windows to represent Joseph, Mary, and Jesus, as a signal to a traveling priest that the doors were unlocked and he would be welcome to come in, share a meal with the family, and celebrate Christmas.

John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Believers understood that no matter how powerful their oppressors were, they could not wipe out the Light of Jesus.

Take Away:

Light a candle in your home and think about the ways that you can stand firm in your faith even when you are facing challenges.

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