Resting in the Light
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 1 John 2:8 (NIV)
Season. That word encompasses a number of meanings: the changing leaves of fall, the new growth of spring, the quiet falling of snow. In South Texas, it might mean summer and “not summer.” A season can be a stage of life, a period of preparation, or a time of change.
The days of anticipation leading up to Christmas have always been my favorite season. I have wonderful memories of cutting a tree with my dad, singing Christmas music, watching tree lights blink pictures onto the ceiling, the thrill of creating wish lists (when else can you ask for things like magic wands or dolls that come to life and believe that it’s just possible you might get them?). I have felt comfort, excitement, contentment, fulfillment.
I also remember Advent seasons that came on the heels or in the midst of strife, discord, or illness. I have felt discouragement, worry, uncertainty. The weeks before Christmas are not always about carols, cookies, and companionship. Coping may be all we can muster.
Sometimes peace, hope, love, and joy are abundant and sometimes they are elusive. Often, they are both. How then, are we to reach into this season? How can we best lean into this holy time and receive the gifts God has for us, no matter the circumstances of our lives, and when we have no idea what the next season might bring?
We can place our hope in the Word that does not change. Immanuel, God with us, whose light is already shining. Jesus is the same, today, tomorrow, and forever, we hear in Hebrews 13:8. That shining light is something we can rest in, no matter what the future might bring.
Advent is an opportunity each year to renew our love for one another, our joy in the light of Jesus, and our hope which rests in faith that He has come, is coming, and will come again.
Lord, send reminders daily that your immutable light shines in the world and help us illuminate to others the peace that comes through living in you.
Kristy Wade is mother to Christian and John, sanctuary choir member, Truett Seminary student, and light aficionado.