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Advent is the four weeks preceding Christmas and is a time of waiting and preparation for the arrival of the Christ Child. More and more church traditions are celebrating this special time of year. The next few weeks I will be posting information and reflections about the colors and meaning of Advent.
Newborns bring to mind the color of pink and blue. I would have never thought of these colors for the season of Advent before until I began this blog series.
Last week I featured blue – the color of hope and anticipation.
Today is PINK.
Yes pink. Pink symbolizes joy and happiness. In various churches it is used either for the third or fourth Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy at the impending birth of Jesus.
Yesterday at church we lit the third candle of the Advent wreath and it was pink. The pink candle marks a shift from the more solemn tone of the first two Sundays of Advent that focus on Preparation and Hope, to a more joyous atmosphere of anticipation and expectancy.
The color pink symbolizes childish innocence, or a characters child-like personality, reminding me to approach this blessed time of year with the heart of a child – hopeful, anticipating, and full of belief.
Pink is also considered the color of good health and life - we speak of people being "in the pink" or the "freshness" of a newborn babe.
Pink is a color of surprise for me – I never expected this color to show up during Christmas time. But maybe Pink is very appropriate when you think of how God chose to enter our world – as a baby – a most unexpected, amazing route.
My husband and I are in the pink this year as our arms are full of double blessings – holding our twin grandsons, born last July. They make this season extra meaningful this year to be cuddling a newborn with love swelling in our heart – I imagine we feel much like Mary and Joseph did when they held Jesus.
How has God surprised you this Advent season?