This year we welcomed two more sweet children to the Christian community on this same day: Parker Evans and Noah Cook! Welcome to the most wonderful community sweet little ones! After church today we joined the Evans for brunch and sweet little Parker was so worn out from all the festivities that we didn't even get a picture with her, but we did manage one with Geoff (one of the priests at St. Mary's, a great friend and a favorite of the Cain ladies):
Each year we light the baptism candles for the girls as a reminder of the light of Christ that shines through them. They are still young, but Catherine Ellis is starting to get it. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been wonderful for her and Advent really brought home "light" and Christ and how it signifies Christ. Catherine Ellis loved Advent and the advent wreath. She couldn't wait to sing each day what the different candles signified and then 12 full days of all fives candles lit - so much fun!
The candles on the advent wreath represent Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Christ - all things we want to be evident in our lives and our walk with Jesus. As we celebrate the welcoming of Catherine Ellis and Caroline into the Christian community we also focus on the prayer that Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and Christ are big parts of their lives. That their lives will shine bright with the hope, peace, joy and love that Christ has for us each and every day.