December 13, 2017
Advent 3B
John 1: 6-8

 

When I think of Advent, the first thing that comes to my mind is light – and in particular the lighting of the Advent candles.   As a kid I remember the excitement of lighting that first candle, the candle of hope, at dinner on the first Sunday in Advent. We would all sit down at the table, the lights would be dimmed, and we would sit in the dark, and after a few words were spoken, a match would be struck and the candle would come to life. And even though it was just one candle it lit up the room, it lit up our faces, and it lit up our hearts as we began to anticipate the coming of Christmas. With each week, another candle was lit, the candle of peace, the candle of joy, and the candle of love. Each week the flame grew brighter and brighter reminding us that was Christmas was getting closer and closer.

 

Light is one of the primary images of Advent, however it also important to remember that Advent first begins in the dark, in that moment before the first candle is lit. In the book of Isaiah we read, The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.”

 

Advent begins in the dark because that’s where we often find ourselves in this life. In the darkness lost and disoriented, in the darkness stumbling around, in the darkness wondering which direction to go, in the darkness afraid of strange sounds that seem to surround us, in the darkness longing for light.

 

The promise of Advent is that light is on the way, that those of us who find ourselves in a land of deep darkness will be blessed with the light of heaven.

 

 

      1. Light Of Heaven

 

 

Light of heaven
Shine on us
Evening Glory
Light of Love

 

Day is over
Night is here
Do not be afraid
Have no fear

 

Light of heaven
Shine on us
Evening Glory
Light of Love

 

In this week’s Gospel we read about this light of heaven, There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.”

 

The light of Christ is on its way, it is coming into all the darken places of this world, it is coming into the darkened corners of your world, it is coming so that all of the world might know peace and love. Soon, very soon, the Word will once again become flesh and dwell among us.

 

May your Advent journey continue to prepare your heart for the one that comes to us a Christmas, the light that shines in the darkness, the light the darkness will never overcome! Amen.

 

 

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