Let Your Light Shine
By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
I entered Advent this year with a heavy heart. I received a couple of calls recently from my sister who informed me of the deaths of our cousin, the mother of a childhood friend and my sister’s father-in-law. A month earlier I learned of the death of a beloved mentor from injuries in a fall. Then came the terrorist attacks in Paris, Mali and San Bernardino that reinforced the fragility of life, instilled anxiety about our vulnerability and lack of safety. In the midst of death and violence, God’s light and life breaks forth in this season of Advent.
The Senior Choir has been rehearsing Kenneth Leighton’s anthem, “A Hymn of the Nativity.” The music is exquisitely beautiful and invites us into the mystery of the birth of the Christ Child. The lyrics of the anthem transport us to Emmanuel (God with us): Great little one, who glorious birth lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.
The antidote to a heavy heart is the act of accepting this glorious Gift from God! With death and violence frequent companions these days, I praise and thank God for lifting us to heaven by coming to earth through the birth of Jesus.
Holy One, help us let your light shine through us and bring your life into the lives of those around us. Amen.