by Chad Clark
“The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.”
There is no way to sugarcoat it – this has just been an extremely difficult and challenging year for most of us. It seems like everyone is feeling weary and burdened to some degree. The old saying “we are all in the same storm but in different boats” sounds very applicable to 2020, and I know for some the last nine months have felt like trying to steer a raft out of a hurricane. Loneliness and isolation, fear for your health and the health of your family, fear of losing your job. Fear of further oppression, fear of deportation, fear for the future of this country that has been teetering on the edge of a cliff over a very dark valley.
But it is important to remember that we are instructed by the almighty not to live in fear. As we reflect on the birth of Jesus this Advent let us embrace this gift of hope through Jesus that is still alive today. The light of the advent candles reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world and when darkness comes we must look towards the light to help guide us. Advent is the time of preparation for good things to come – keep the faith and know that the Lord will see us through these troubled times.
God of hope, help us to see the light through the darkness. In your name we pray, amen.