Sunday, December 10, 2006

2nd advent

Så tenner vi to lys i kveld,
to lys for håp og glede
De står og skinner for seg selv
og oss som er tilstede
Så tenner vi to lys i kveld,
to lys for håp og glede

and then translated to english as I promised last sunday:

We light two candles tonight
two candles for hope and joy
They stands there shining by themselves
and we who present are
Tonight we light two candles
we light it for hope and joy.

I found this story about "The legend of the four advent candles" I think it is beutiful and want to share it with you. If you want to read it in norwegian you can look here.

Four lights was burning on the advent wreath. It was so quiet you could hear the candles talking to eachoter.

The first light sighed and said: My name is PEACE. I am shining very clearly, but the people do not want peace, the do not want me. The light got smaller and smaller, until it was put out.

The second light said: My name is FAITH. But I have become redundant. People do not want to know about God anymore. It is meaningless that I am burning. And the second ligth was put out.

Sad and with low voice the third light said: My name is LOVE. I have no longer the power to burn. People just ignore me. They only see themselves and not the other one they were supposed to love. And the third light was put out.

A child came into the room, looked at the lights and said with tears in the eyes: "You are supposed to shine and not be put out". Then suddenly the voice of the fourth light was heard:" Do not be afraid! As long as I am burning, we can light the other candles again. My name is HOPE"

And the child took a flame from the candle of hope and lightend all the other candles.

Today I am going to visit our museum. They have something they call "Christmas in the stowe". The museum has a lot of old houses and this sunday they have arranged old christmas traditions in the houses. I will bring my camera and take some photos to share with you all.


Patti said...

What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing. Yes, please take lots of picture of the museum. It sounds like a wonderful place to spend a Sunday afternoon. Especially this time of year. I would love to be there keeping you company!

Nancy in MT said...

May, have a wonderful time and share your pictures with us. I love the advent story and I love that little picture at the end of your blog, where did you find him?
Nancy in MT

MARCIE said...

Really sweet little story May. I need to share that with my family! Thanks.

Pam said...

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sometimes we do forget and get away from what is important but so long as there is hope there will never be despair. So important to remember at this time of year. Merry Christmas

Libby said...

Thank you for sharing your advent traditions and poems - so sweet.

Susan said...

Thank you so much for sharing that advent candle story. It's just beautiful, and so true about hope. Thank you for translating for us. I looked at the recipe. It isn't exactly like potato pancakes, but a little bit like them.

Candi said...

Thank you for sharing the story, it gave me goose bumps. Such a lovely one.

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