So it is Advent! Lots of busy, lots to do, also lots of Advent Devotionals and Studies, but these lines from the Carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” have really touched me this year and seem so appropriate for this Advent, this pandemic, this life.
Yet in the dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
The Hope and fear of all the years
Are met in thee tonightO Little Town of Bethlehem
In the dark streets – our streets are dark, it is winter, the weather has closed in, it is dark, bleak even. There are fears on our streets, fears in our homes, fears in our hearts.
We are still in the midst of a Pandemic, it has not gone away, it mutates, grows, finds new ways to get a grip. Similar really to our fears, they mutate, they grow arms and legs, they can get hold of us and it is difficult to let them go, difficult not to focus on them, difficult not to let them control us.
But Jesus is the light.
In the dark world shines our Everlasting Light.
Jesus is the Everlasting Light, in Him is no darkness at all.
When we turn our fears and our darkness over to Him we find that His light comes into those fears and dispels them and His light shines sanity, serenity, peace and hope into our darkness.
So what are our fears today that we need to turn to Jesus in? Where is the darkness in our life that we need to let Jesus shine into?
My prayer for you is that you will find the Light of Jesus in the midst of this dark world and that you will be the light of Jesus in this dark world!