This year at Azle Christian Church, we are not using the traditional colors for Advent: Purple and Pink. Instead we have decided to use the color blue. Why do you ask? Well the Rev. Eric Lilies offered a fantastic description of why we can think of blue as an Advent color:
“Deep blue is the color of the clear, predawn sky, the color that covers the earth in the hours before the sun rises in the east. Most of us are not looking at the sky at that hour – perhaps we’re still asleep, or too weary to notice it as we get into our car for our commute. Nonetheless, a deep, dark blue is the color that covers us in the dark, cold hours before the dawn.
Thus we use deep blue for Advent to shade the season with a hint of expectation and anticipation of the dawn of Christ. Surely penitence and spiritual discipline are part of the traditional Advent observance, and this is why so many of us are using Advent wreaths and devotionals to mark the days of Advent. Advent is a time to recommit to our faith and to our God – no matter the color. But Advent involves more than penitence and by using deep blue we err on the side of emphasizing the church’s hope-filled and faithful watch for Christ. The deep blue of Advent is meant to inspire in us the hope of faith, and to encourage us to keep watch for the promised light of Christ to break over the horizon, changing night into day, darkness into light, and filling our lives and our world with a holy and righteous splendor.”
As we move through this season, let it be one of hope that our lives might be transformed by the birth of a little baby boy as the world was transformed forever so long ago.