An Offering from Eunice: Anticipating Light

 

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12

Advent and the scripture readings that accompany it present us with many images but none more predominant than the image of light.  I think it is difficult to absorb the depth of the meaning of Jesus as our Light in this day and time without imagining earlier times when there was no light at the flip of a switch and the darkness of the short days of autumn made difficult or impossible the daily business of both households and communities. It has been easiest to know Jesus as my Light when in the hours before sunrise far from the light of large cities, I’ve found myself in total darkness – a truly awesome and potentially frightening encounter.  And how welcome and beautiful has been the first break of daylight – the “light that dispels the darkness.”

 

Courtesy of Martha Jecobson

In celebrating the coming of the light of Christ this Advent, I celebrate the birth of Jesus two thousand years ago, the light Jesus’ life and Good News gives my life and the lives of others today, and the vision I hold for the fulfillment of Christ’s Kingdom to come.  I anticipate and celebrate love, hope and faith not just because of what Jesus did but also because of who Jesus is for me and for the world this moment – a Light in the darkness of disappointment, hurt, humiliation and loss and a Light of Anticipation for the time when “all things will be made new.”

Eunice Cheshire

President, Spiritual Ministries Institute

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