The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
These words seem particularly apt right now. The pandemic; climate change; disgruntled, angry citizens; and other tribulations are creating a great cloud of darkness over our heads. Thank God Advent is here to concentrate our thoughts on Jesus’ coming and all that means to us.
During Advent, we use candles to focus our thoughts on the approaching birth of the Christ child, on the coming salvation. We begin waiting in the stifling darkness. We concentrate on the wavering light of one candle flame. This one, little light stirs hope in our hearts, and we remember David’s words “The Lord is my light and salvation”.
Celebrating Advent provides us with a pause, a time to prepare for Christmas. In the ‘before times’, we used this time to slow down the frenetic pace of our lives to prepare our hearts for Christmas. In 2020, we can joyfully slow down our worrying and anger when we fully engage in our Advent candle-lighting tradition and meditate on God’s promise.
During Advent we look forward to the coming of God’s gift. We wait in hope. We wait in confidence that it will come.