Third Week of Advent

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I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world;
The star of my life is Jesus.

In him there is no darkness at all;
The night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God.
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

I want to see the brightness of God;
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path,
And show me the way to the Father.

I’m looking for the coming of Christ;
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
We shall know the joy of Jesus.

"I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light"a hymn by Kathleen Thomerson

The pink candle on the advent wreath represents JOY.

How joyful it is to celebrate God’s good gifts to the world, even as we patiently wait to know the full truth and beauty of what God is doing. The days are short right now, and the world sinks quickly into deep darkness when the sun sets. But have you seen the moon lately? Tonight it rose slowly, first a deep soft glow of orangey-yellow that brightened gradually until it finally reached it’s full, crisp, winter-white brightness. The light was brilliant. In the northern hemisphere we are approaching the shortest day of the year - the one with the least light. Yet even in the darkest night, “God set the starts to give light to the world” and “the star of {our lives} is Jesus!”

As I light my Advent wreath each night, I’ve noticed how much brighter it is this week. Not just one candle of hope, but three. I can feel Christmas coming, can you? Even in the darkness, there is light. Take heart, friends! Be joyful! God is doing big, beautiful things.

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Sarah Hurt

About Sarah Hurt

Sarah Hurt is the Director of Camp DeSoto. She grew up playing in the woods of Lookout Mountain, swimming in Little River, and spending her summers as a DeSoto camper. She loves good stories, twinkle lights, her dog Riley, and Camp DeSoto girls most of all.

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