Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Light in the Darkness

Advent is a rather special time of you. It is a time in the christian year in which we are meant to be in joyful anticipation. Joyfully anticipating the birth of the "prince of peace" and the idea of hope in the darkness (this is rather backed up in the UK by Christmas falling in the middle of winter when darkness is literally all around us). The way this period is followed is generally through reflective services (tinged with excitment) and advent calenders. The calenders are generaly morphing into some form of chocolate based countdown, though the better ones have an ethical kick to them as well. Therefore no matter where we look we are meant to light a candle and get excited for the oncoming fun! Yet this year the onset of advent has been tinged by great sadness, in two differing peoples lives, as they recieved some particularily devistating news. Whilst not knowing (face to face) either of the people I haven't been struck as deeply as they have by the tradgedies. Both the losses were marvelous, inspirational people who have left a deep impact on the people they leave behind. All this death goes into distinct contrast with the excitment. Afterall, how can one sing of the oncoming prince of peace, saviour of mankind (sorry but most of the hymns I sing tend to be gender specific...)who brings joy to the world when all around suffering, of the most human kind, is prevalent. Therefore how to appraoch advent? Well i can't really answer that one as it is all rather odd, half distant yet a reality and ultimatly (like so much) comes back to this all as an act of faith. In order to glipse that light in the real darkness then sometimes one has to use this God thing, all the glib hymns such as "what a friend we have in Jesus" assure us of His presence at all times. When one is surrounded by the very lowest moments then how can one even comprehend God being all around, let along revealing himself through the people around. Yet in the darkest times, the immense depths of love and compassion that these people aroused and also the love, compassion and support shown even by those most deeply affected to others mourning gives us a glimmer of this god. Maybe not, maybe all this is just human nature. By this time you need to see what conclusion I have reached, the only problem is I haven't reached one. This is bringing whole new aspects to Advent... Take Care Y'All John

2 comments:

  1. God is God and He's big and He made us and He made everything. He understands. He's bigger than every situation and knows us so intricately that He knows how to comfort us. Jesus himself wept over the mourning of a friend (John 11:35)
    Don't presume that God isn't there with us in our dark times. He is. Most definately. Don't presume He isnt a good and all loving God just because bad things happen... thats not how it works. I don't know how I'd have got thru the last few days without God... well I don't know how I'd get thru every waking moment without Him.

    :o)

    Rach x

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  2. You have said it yourself “…in the darkest times, the immense depths of love and compassion that these people aroused and also the love, compassion and support shown even by those most deeply affected to others mourning…” this is where God is in such times “…revealing himself through the people around” those who offer support, succour, and hope.

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