An Advent reflection by Christine Howard.
Zephaniah 3:18b I will remove disaster from you,
so that you will not bear reproach for it.
I always think of Advent as a time of darkness before Light. At this time of the year it is dark early the weather, is colder, and often the days are darker too. These past two years the world has been in a dark place with Covid, financial trouble, world problems, climate crisis, even our churches struggling. No wonder people feel down and depressed.
However I recall the words of Isaiah “See darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you Nations will come to your light, and Kings to the brightness of your dawn.”
I also meditate on the words in Hymns, from “like a candle flame” the words “Like a candle flame flickering small in our darkness.”and from “born in the night” the words “Clear shining light Mary’s child your face lights up our way. Light of the world Mary’s child dawn on our darkened day”.
One more is the carol “On Christmas night all christians sing” with the words “All out of darkness we have light”. We only have to go into our towns to see the anticipated Christmas lights decorating the towns and displays around houses, to see the hope of Light coming to our world. Let this be the light of Jesus Christ the Light of the world.