“Let Her Go,” by Passenger is a popular song these days that I find myself singing along with in the car when it comes on.
Well you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go, and you let her go
More than once I’ve caught myself singing along and realized that my soul is saying, “Yes. This. It’s so true.”
There is a deep truth about how the pain and grief of missing something or someone sharpens our awareness and value of that thing or person in our lives. As our wise Conference Minister, Rich, mentioned to me in the office this week, “We don’t light the Advent wreath candles for Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love because we already have all of those things. We light those candles because we are aware of the absence of those things.” We know the hopelessness, the war, the grief, and the deep sadness of our world.
And yet, we light those candles. We light them because we do have some Hope, and some Peace, and some Joy, and some Love in our lives and our world, we just know that we need even MORE. Which is why we rejoice when we ultimately light the fifth candle, the brilliant, beautiful Christ candle in the center of the wreath, the source of all that we crave and more!
God bless you this Advent season, as you approach the coming of the infant Christ, knowing he’s already here, and waiting for him to come again, and again, and again! May the light of Christ’s candle fuel the light of your soul this Advent and Christmas season!
Associate Conference Minister