THE LIGHT IS COMING ……

Yesterday it was so late when it got light and then the day limped along, dull and misty,  in fact I don’t think it ever got really light at all.   Then a little after 3 in the afternoon,  the darkness began to creep back over the land and it was then that it struck me that the daylight is shrinking, the days are short here in Scotland.  In just over three weeks we will be facing the shortest day of the year, but a few days after that we celebrate the coming of the brightest light ever to shine upon mankind.

candle in the dark 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5

Sometimes it seems as if the darkness is taking over, not only the hours of the day,  but as factions and movements fight for causes and supremacy,  it feels as if darkness is taking over the world.   Lives cut short by senseless war, families torn apart by selfishness and greed.  Hope crushed by poverty and injustice. 

And this weekend black Friday came to the UK and brought with it shameful images, of people who I’m sure are normally sane and pleasant, who suddenly became greedy, selfish and uncaring because they wanted a TV or some other item at a knock-down price.

I felt heartsick as I watched the scenes on the news.   Heartsick that this extreme materialism is what so many people think is the meaning of Christmas.  Heartsick that as we approach advent, the season where we should be celebrating the coming of the greatest gift this world has ever known.  Heartsick that we have turned Christmas into an orgy of consumerism.   As we’ve become more affluent as a nation we have chosen to buy into this,  but we can also choose change. 

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The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:4-5

Today is the first Sunday in Advent, and what if …………?

What if … we chose to do something different this advent?  

What if … instead of focusing on the chocolate in your advent calendar, we focused on bringing light into this dark world and finding ways to show people that God loves them and therefore so do we.

What if … every day during this advent season you found a way to bring light to someone else?   Random acts of kindness …… letting someone into the traffic lane ahead of you, a small thoughtfulness, a gift, a card, a cup of hot coffee for the homeless guy you pass on the street every day…… the possibilities are endless!

What if … this advent season we celebrated the coming light by demonstrating what it looks like. 

What if … as we share the light and love this advent season we dispel the darkness, just for a few moments, just for one person, every day?

What if … you did this and then shared the idea with others.  

lots of candles

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4-5

 

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