In GM, Christmas is celebrated on January 7. While this photo reflects the spirit of the New Year season here, Christmas itself is quite simple and humble by comparison (not a bad thing at all). Orthodox christians start the holiday at midnight by lighting a candle and placing it in a window. This candle is an invitation to Jesus to come into their homes and their hearts.
It’s a beautiful tradition, but for some, it has become only that. I recently asked a group of teens that I teach what this candle symbolized. Out of five students, none of them knew. Please join us in praying that the true meaning of Christmas would be embraced by many here. That next year, the lighting of that simple candle, would be a wonderful reflection of their own spiritual journey.