Sunday, February 21, 2010
We started reading Lenten Lights tonight, even though Will is in Odessa. We'll just read the first part again with him when he gets back. I have tried a few times to get candles, but without success, so we just gathered what we had lying around. Instead of setting everything up in a pretty arrangement by myself, I let everyone help. . . and the result is just beautiful!
We lit the candles, enjoyed their beauty, Asya recited her verse, "Jesus is the light of the world," and then we read and blew out the first candle. It wasn't such a surprise this year, because they remembered it from last year. Jaan and Raia were waiting for it this time, ready to explain the symbolism to Asya: "Mama, when will you blow out a candle to show the darkness of sin?" And then we sang our song from last year. I want to choose a new one to learn this year, too, but last year's remains one of their absolute favorites.
This evening was a simple, thoughtful and lovely beginning to our preparations for Easter.