Light in Our Darkness

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Sunrise Reflection (2018)

Although the season of Advent begins only tomorrow, I am already well into the season:

  • I am listening to my favorite album, Adviento by Jaime Cortez. The last selection of the album is especially appropriate to the Advent theme of LIGHT: “Luz del Mundo”. The composer sings it in both Spanish and English.
  • I have lit the first purple candle of my Advent wreath.
  • All the chocolate squares are gone from my Advent calendar, replaced by dollar bills that I will give to a local food bank — a consequence of putting up the calendar in mid-November!
  • Yesterday, I brought a present and my presence to a friend.
  • My Swedish candelabra are in the windows and candles can be found in every room.
  • I am up to the Tuesday in the first week of Advent in my book of Advent reflections. This year, I have chosen Daily Reflections for Advent & Christmas by contemplative Benedictine Genevieve Glen. She is from the monastery of St. Walburga in Northern Colorado, which I visited last year.

One of the great themes of the Advent season is LIGHT. In December when daylight is so shortened, we become more aware of the dark corners of our lives and of the world around us. I noticed the shortened light in a dramatic way when I first visited Sweden in December more than 15 years ago. With so few hours of daylight, there are candles in every window – homes, office buildings, and retail shops. It is no surprise that my candelabra are from Sweden.

During Advent, we read quite often from the prophet Isaiah. Today’s (really Monday’s) verse about LIGHT is:

O house of Jacob, come let us walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5)

I have chosen a song for today that is based on Psalm 119:105. You will probably be singing the song as soon as you read verse 105!

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

The song is the 1984 Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith composition, “Thy Word.” You can find a video performance by googling the title and composer.

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November Sunrise (2018)

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (2)
(last time) You’re the light unto my path.

Think I’ve lost my way,
Still you’re there right beside me.
And nothing will I fear
As long as you are near.
Please be near me to the end.

I will not forget
Your love for me and yet
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide,
And hold me to your side,
I will love you to the end.

Nothing will I fear as long as you are near.
Please be near me to the end.

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2 thoughts on “Light in Our Darkness

  1. What a beautiful sunrise photo. May your Advent be filled with light. I am preparing an Advent presentation for Marie Anne Center. The theme I chose is: Live Light in Joy.
    Blessings!

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