As I consider what I might be able to do in a day, I realize the daylight hours will be full and go by quickly. I would like more time in the light, and I look forward already to the turn in the year that will make daylight longer.
This is a fitting time, therefore, for Advent to begin. It is a short season of waiting and watching for the light of Christ—for Christ’s coming, both the first and the second.
Our readings from scripture this Sunday bring promises of the gift of strength for us in the meantime of our waiting, of the durable words of Christ that will never pass away, and of our being restored and renewed by His appearing. What they ask of us is to be alert and aware, to stay awake in the darkness.
In the darkness of our world, which seems more uncertain and confusing by the day, what we find when we gather together is light and hope and peace. And we take these with us when we go back out into our world as light-bearers.
I hope you are able to come this Sunday to become part of the light, both in our worship at 10 a.m. and also in the Festival of Lessons and Carols that will usher in the season at 4 p.m. These are both ways we can follow Jesus’ command to “Keep awake!”