Winter has come. The dark days beg for lights to adorn and candles lit. We hunker down and wait. Advent, the season of waiting in the dark, is upon us. As Robert Frost wrote in a poem, “Choose Something like a Star.” It is dark that brings out the light. It is by the darkness we see where the light is. Hunkering down through impeachment hearings, economic uncertainty, gun violence and the need that cries out around us we search the stars for some light of hope. We hope for our world and we hope for our own dim places to have the light of assurance and peace shine upon us.
Dark and light contrast to make visible what is hidden. Seeing a lie for what it is reveals the truth. Showing kindness exposes hate for the perversion of our humanity that it is. Darkness reveals the light in the same way love reveals true things. John, the Gospel writer says, “The true light that enlightens every person was coming into the world. In him was life, and the life was the light of humanity. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” God knows our need for this light which is why God becomes one of us in Jesus to give light to the world. God comes to us in our need because of these very things that make our world dark because we need the light of love to show us the way to our true life, as individuals, as a nation, as God’s church, as members of the human family.
The light is already here. In the waiting darkness we see the light of promise is already shining. We do not wait for the light to come but celebrate in the darkness the light we see by now, the love of God in Jesus Christ, who was, and who is, and who is to come. We walk in this dark world by starlight to a manger. The closer we come the brighter the glow until we arrive to find ourselves dazzled in glorious rays of light illuminated by love. By this light we see clearly what truly is, what truly matters, and who we truly are.
This is the light of Christmas, the promise of the ages, the light to lighten our dark path and bring hope and life to the world. As God’s people we are to live illuminated! Shed the light of hope abroad to all who sit in darkness, for we have seen a great light. On us His light has shown! It illuminates us with Christ’s love. Live illuminated! Ignite by the light of a star! Blaze into fullness in the glory of love, for we who walk by starlight see by faith what is the hope of the world, Jesus. Live illuminated with the light and love of Christ!
Pastor Linda Famer-Lewis