One thing we surely know about the Messiah. The birth in Bethlehem was not what was expected. One of the things we expect in Advent every year is the lighting of the Advent candles. I made this suggestion last year and so this year I will be creating an Advent wreath liturgy for those who wish in solidarity with those who are suffering a re-visioning of the wreath ceremony.
God, this year I offer a new Advent wreath.
The circle is your love for people in California
and in each place for a candle,
we pour a cup of water.
The first cup is an easing of wind,
The second cup is care for firefighters.
The third cup is shelter for the evacuated
and the fourth cup rescue for all who fear
and comfort for those who mourn.