Insight into Advent, straight from the heart

The following is a guest post written by Rev. Amy Gopp, Executive Director at Week of Compassion. We’re proud to partner with Week of Compassion; you can help them share their mission’s light with the Week of Compassion travel tin candle.

AdventAdvent is a season of anticipation, longing, and profound hope. During these four weeks of preparation, Christians around the world seek the special presence of God and anticipate the birth of a Christ-child whose life will be a testament of God’s compassion for all of creation.

This year, even in the midst of a difficult recession, house foreclosures, shrinking retirement accounts, and high unemployment, we dare anticipate —and announce— the breaking-in of God’s peace, joy, and love in a world marked by uncertainty. Indeed, we anticipate the Light of God.

As Advent preparation gives way to Christmas celebration, it is very easy to become overwhelmed— by invitations, visiting relatives, and of course—all that “stuff” that Santa magically brings.

Celebrating the presence of God, living the compassion of Jesus, and expressing solidarity with those struggling in the midst of disaster, devastation, and displacement — the things that we value most often become difficult to focus on when there are gifts to assemble, parties to organize, and financial constraints.

Through Prosperity Candle, we have the opportunity to enhance our Advent journey with the stories of women refugeeswho are now making a life for themselves in the United States. As they are trained in the craft of candle-making and hone their entrepreneurial skills, not only are they able to survive, along with the families they often support, but they are now learning to thrive.

And now we can accompany them along their path to thrive.

This Christmas, we can reach out to these courageous women by purchasing their candles, and in that exchange support one another.

Prosperity Candle's advent votive setThe Advent votive candlesavailable from our sisters at Prosperity Candle will bring light to this season of longing. They are candles for a cause, providing Christmas consumers gift possibilities that reflect the values we hold dear.

Beyond that, they are literal light in the midst of an otherwise dark world—helping us see our way through this Advent season to the birth of the Light of the World this Christmas.

Rev. Amy Gopp is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Gopp currently serves as the Executive Director for Week of Compassion, the relief, refugee, and development mission fund of the Disciples church. On behalf of its network of more than 3,500 congregations worldwide, Week of Compassion distributes annually an average of $3-4 million toward global sustainable development and humanitarian relief.


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Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Balsam & Juniper Berry

Wonderfully fresh and seasonally-inspired, this woodland blend of balsam fir, cedarwood and juniper berry radiates the feeling of joy that comes with the holidays. 

Chai Tea

Green tea mixed with a cozy blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom and peppermint reminds you of your favorite tea spot. A perennial fall favorite! 

Clementine & Lavender

A bright, fresh citrus scent of clementine, tangerine, bergamot and lemon… nicely balanced with French lavender. If you love citrus with a subtle twist, this is for you.

Coastal Seagrass

Clean and aromatic, gentle notes of salty seagrass and ocean water mingle with a hint of sweet coastal air… a blend that will transport you to a faraway shore with calming lapping waves.

Fig & Cedar

An aromatic blend of fresh fig, cedar and oakmoss brightened with grapefruit, lemon zest and a hint of orange. Wonderfully nuanced and just slightly sweet, it’s our new favorite fig scent.

French Lavender & Vanilla

Sweet and refreshing, French lavender and classic vanilla bean are paired to create this deeply comforting and indulgent scent. The perfect balance of two soothing favorites.

Pear & Freesia

Fresh pear mingles with floral notes of freesia and just a touch of patchouli. A joyful fragrance to evoke the freshness of your favorite garden and remind you of the beauty of nature.

Tobacco & Spice 

Dried tobacco leaves blended with teak, cedar and amber with a touch of spice and pimento berry essential oils... a nuanced scent to bring warmth inside.

Tonka & Oud

Wonderfully rich and earthy, tonka beans are paired with oud wood and topped with hints of balsam, rum, amaretto and musk. A restful scent with a captivating twist.

White Tea & Citrus 

An uplifting blend of white tea, bergamot, fig and fresh jasmine combined with a subtle hint of soft sandalwood. This is delightfully light and elegant.

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