Tomorrow is winter solstice, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. In the midst of the darkness a light has come, the darkness has not overcome it(John 1:5)
All of the Advent themes are in short supply. We are a world in desperate need of hope, of peace, of joy and love. Jesus came (and will come) and embody these for us, but still we wait. . .
Is it any wonder that some people find this time of year difficult? We suffer from separation, divorce, Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression, estrangement from loved ones, and loneliness. We worry about those we care about who are in dangerous or precarious situations. All is not as it should be. We live in dark days.
In a bleak midwinter long ago, Jesus came and brought light to our darkness. I don’t know know what you are going through. This is a hard Christmas for me too. But I have hope because of Christ’s coming. I have peace because I know he is coming again. I have joy because I experience Christ through the Spirit today. And I experience the love of God living in relationship with Him through Christ.
Whoever you, wherever you, whatever you are going through, there is a Savior coming who will carry you through your dark days.