Sarah Slack: In a day of disappointments, Advent hope is here

Sarah Slack: In a day of disappointments, Advent hope is here

I ordered blue tea lights to go in our at home Advent wreath. They are handmade and apparently the seller is behind and they won’t ship until late this week.
 
I ordered an antique white five-hole votive holder for our at home wreath. I opened it today to find a six-hole dark brown one. The correct item won’t ship until Tuesday.
 
What I hoped for cannot be. So we took one of our salad plates and added the white candles from our church's “Advent in a Box” and made our wreath. Then I saw multiple pictures of church folk with their white candles on plates and in tins. They are beautiful.
 
We are all gathered together, even though we are apart, around small dishes with tiny candles praying for hope. It can be found.

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Sarah Slack

The Rev. Sarah Slack is associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tennessee.