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“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.”
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As we continue into the second week of Advent, we again find ourselves in darkness. Our world is once again filled with fear and violence.
And yet, lighting candles is a significant and important part of our Advent preparations.
We, against all logical sense, still hope in the midst of despair.
This is exactly why we need Advent. It’s a season full of longing… a great emotion that somehow conveys impatience and hope at the same time. Advent feels the most like real life. It holds the tension of joy and sorrow, of hope and fear, all at the same time.
Advent reminds us to keep watch, to look for moments of light breaking in. Because Christ is coming. Christ is always coming.
And we know this. We have heard it before, and yet sometimes we find it hard to believe it. But, still we light candles.
On Sunday, a few days after yet another terrorist attack in our world, in our own country, we lit a candle. It was the candle of peace.
Yes. That’s right. The candle of peace.
Because even when peace seems impossible, we know that Christ is coming. And that Christ always wins.
Light has come into the darkness,
and the darkness shall not overcome it.
This is our Advent hope.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. What is the hardest part of waiting? Is it impatience for the good to come? Or is it discontentment with the way things are? Is it both?
2. I’ve heard that Lent is the housecleaning for the heart, but Advent is the housewarming. As we sit in this waiting room of Advent, what are some things you can do to prepare, to warm your heart for the coming Christ?
This week, find a candle in your home or office and take a few minutes in the dark of morning or evening and light it. (if you need one, talk to Pr Natalia, she’s got some to spare). Take note of what a single lit candle can do to the darkness, and spend some time in quiet reflection on the light in front of you.
Remember that Christ is constantly breaking into the darkness… Christ is coming. Christ is always coming.