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ADVENT LIGHT 1

THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS

ISAIAH 9: 2

The people who walked in darkness will see a great light – a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow.


Did you have a light in your bedroom at night when you were a child? Perhaps some of us still do! Not many people like the dark and children are certainly frightened of it. I wonder why; after all God has given us the night especially as a time to rest.


   Perhaps the answer is rather obvious; isn’t it because we can’t see what’s going on around us? We can’t see any danger that might be threatening us or anything else that might hurt us. Criminals often take advantage of this.


      In children those fears may often be imaginary but they need re-assurance.

This why we have night- lights for children; it means they can see and feel more secure. At one time, our night - lights were candles.


       We too need reassurance that darkness, in whatever form it takes, won’t last, for ever and that it can be over come.


       Jesus is likened to the light from a candle that has been lit in the darkness of our world. It is a sign of ‘Hope’ that the Christ will one day banish all darkness from the world beginning with the darkness within us if we accept Him into our hearts. That hope once kindled leads to expectations of a better world tomorrow. It helps us to feel more secure. Jesus.


         John, in his Gospel, tells us that Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t stumble through the darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ (John 8: 12)  


         Every time we light a candle this Advent and at Christmas, let us pause if only for a minute, and think of Jesus, ‘the light of the world’ who was born for us one dark night, long ago, and give thanks.

                                                                                   AMEN.


                                                                                                                                      Amen.