Advent Sings: Let the Light Shine

Adoration of the Child by Gerrit van Honthorst
Adoration of the Child by Gerrit van Honthorst

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 4: 6

On this morning after the longest night of the year, I look out the window eagerly seeking a post-solstice reprieve from interminable darkness.  I seek that promise of being led back into the light, even if it will take months to get there.  It is a promise that keeps me going even if I can barely perceive the few minutes of extra daylight today.  It is from the simple knowledge that things are changing, getting lighter and brighter, that I harvest hope.

God made light through His Word, not once but twice.  In the beginning, He created the sun and the moon to penetrate and illuminate the creation of our hearts and our souls.  In the stable He came to light the world from below as well as from above so those hearts and souls could be saved from self-destruction.

I am showered with His light even on the longest night of the year and forever more,  lit from the glory of God reflected in the many faces of Jesus: as newborn, child teacher, working carpenter, healer, itinerant preacher, unjustly condemned, dying and dead, raised and ascended Son of God.  Let the dark days come as they certainly will.  They cannot overwhelm me now,  lit from within no matter how deeply the darkness oppresses.

I know His promise.
I know His face.
He knows I know.

2 thoughts on “Advent Sings: Let the Light Shine

  1. Just as the first commenter said, “He knows I know” says it all for me. I do find comfort in that, particularly at this time when there is so much hatred and meanness in the world and, by faith, we turn to the Healer to help us cope.

    So many personal hurts have brought darkness to my spirit. I cannot stop thinking of those 20 precious babies and the 6 staff members who were so viciously and cruelly wiped from earthly existence. I am thinking, too, of the unspeakable anguish and loss that their families are feeling – and will continue to feel perhaps forever. That kind of hurt will scar over in time but the hurt and sense of loss stays there, just beneath the surface. The pictures of the victims have been in all the newspapers that I read online, but the New York Daily News’ pics were so sharply focused – and in color. I had to stop looking at them. It hurt too much.

    In the past week I also suffered a very painful loss caused by someone who cast me aside and withdrew what was becoming for me a loving relationship. I brought that hurt to the Lord and I know that He knows.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. You seem to feel instinctively what messages to bring to hurting people.


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