. . . with a Candlemas theme
On Candlemas (February 2) we remember the story of Baby Jesus being presented in the temple. We rejoice with Simeon and Anna that God's gift to the world has come, and that we, who might otherwise walk in darkness, have a Light.
Beside Giotto's painting of Jesus' Presentation in the Temple are beeswax candles that my son made at school before Christmas.
Baby Jesus has moved from the Nature Nativity to a bed of soft snow with a path leading to the forest. My son's favorite whittling stick turns into a tree adorned with snow-covered pine cones recycled from our Advent candles.
Our Christ Candle is surrounded by acorns that we found on our recent trip to Georgia (a type of acorn that we haven't seen here) where winter looks and feels much different than it does in Germany.
You are the fullness of life, of holiness, of joy.
Fill our days and nights with the love of your wisdom,
that we may bear fruit in the beauty of your holiness,