The Coming of the Light: Light as Presence
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” ~ John 9:4-5
A nightlight feels comforting.
But even with a nightlight, while I might feel safe, I'm not going to be able to do all the things I need to do during the daytime. Sometimes you need a big, bright light to get things done.
Sometimes the light of God's presence feels small and intimate. Comforting.
But it is always larger than that. The light of God's presence is the whole power station itself!
It's what keeps it all going!
In Advent we wait for the coming of the light to enter into a world full of darkness.
We wait not just for comfort - to keep the darkness from overwhelming us - but also we wait for a light that will overwhelm the darkness itself. We wait for a light that will power the world with the brightness that can only come from love.
Question for thought: What image do you think of when you think of Christ as light? A nightlight? A spotlight? A fire? Something else?
Come, O Holy One, for we wait upon you. And light the darkness of our hearts and lives so that we may know your love fully. Amen