The first Sunday of Advent also renews the traditional Bethlehem practice of having children light the advent candle.
It is a tradition I love as fourth-grade boys and girls very seriously carry out this duty. It is good for children to be given serious duties.
Three years ago the Family Discipleship Department invited a multiply-disabled boy (who happens to be my boy) to participate in this event. The evening of the lighting, a series of events led to his sister unexpectedly walking with him down the aisle.
It remains one of the precious memories of my life – my boy and my girl walking together down the aisle at my church for Advent.
I know I was not alone in having tears in my eyes!
May God give you a precious, beautiful, memorable Advent memory this year that makes much of God and brings you great joy!