The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light… Matthew 4:16

When I think of Advent, I think of light. Jesus is the Light of my world and candlelight represents Him to me.

Advent begins for me singing with the Chamber Singers at Biltmore House the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The house is illuminated with candles and the rooms ring with choral and instrumental music telling stories of His birth.

Next comes the lighting of the Advent wreath by families in our congregation each Sunday until Christmas Eve. The candles represent Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. These words describe Jesus and are gifts from God to me.

Finally Christmas Eve arrives. The scriptures are read and the Christ candle is lit. Sitting in the choir loft surrounded by friends, I light my candle. I listen as my darkened church fills with the singing of “Silent Night.” I watch as the glow of candlelight slowly and steadily illuminates the sanctuary. I sit in wonder as the candlelight is reflected onto the faces of my church family. We have come together to share the miracle of Christ’s birth.

Craig Kocisko

About the Contributor

Debbie and Craig Kocisko have been members of FPC for over 20 years. Craig has served this church as both an ordained Deacon and Elder. He has been a member of the Chancel Choir and Chamber Singers for many years. He has served on Mission Committees for many years and currently serves on the Local Mission Committee. He is also a member of the Support Partners Committee.