December 23

Luke 1:46b-55, Light

By Adrian Woods

When I think of the light, I often think of a time when as a child I had to go downstairs at night to turn off a light. A light I had left on. This required that I go downstairs into the darkness, down a hall to the other side of the house. Fear was creeping. I would turn off the light, heart racing, and run as fast as I could back upstairs to safety; back to the light.

We live in a world of perpetual darkness. Suffering, pain, and oppression persists in a variety of forms throughout existence. Amidst the sheer dismay at the state of our country or our world, I often find a desire, a willing, a wishing that things might be different. You might call it a hope or longing that in the end good will overcome, at last.

We can reflect upon Mary’s song with a similar hope for a better world.

52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones

    but has lifted up the humble.

53 He has filled the hungry with good things

    but has sent the rich away empty.

54 He has helped his servant Israel,

    remembering to be merciful

As we move through this advent season let us reflect on how, as Paul says, “All of creation groans in anticipation.” Like children who run to the safety of the light in a dark house, let us look for the light, the breaking in of beauty and goodness in our world. Let us seek out the light and even bring about the goodness and beauty in our world with patience, kindness, and humility. In this season of Advent, let us a sing songs of hope for a time in which we are brought safely into the light, at last.

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