Advent 2022: In A Large Room with No Light by Jonathan Botts
“The light shines in the darkness, and darkness has not overcome it”
- John 1:5
Advent Day 17
December 13, 2022
In A Large Room with No Light
The great musician Prince asked, “did you ever feel like life was like looking for a penny in a large room with no light?” These days are filled with disruption; be it the War in Ukraine and its catastrophic effects on human life or political acts of division which echo the worst chapters of history (those chapters that various states are forbidding our children to read). And there are personal worries -- Will the kids be alright? Will this disease be defeated? Will we ever get our church back to the way it was?
“Unprecedented” seems to be a reoccurring word in our zeitgeist. While historians, scientists and pundits argue whether various events are without precedent, the word is used regularly; seemingly to heighten our anxiety. However, The Spirit reminds us that “the light is not overcome by the darkness.” When our ancestors used a cosmic map to escape to freedom., when a Black woman with an African name ascended to the highest court in the land; light prevailed. Still today, God’s enduring light remains undefeated and shines a path forward through the darkness, thus expanding our universe of imagination.
Brother Jonathan Botts
Young Adult Church School Class
Prayer: Creator, may we always remember that night goes before light and that our darkest hour is preparation for the illumination to come. Let the glow of blessings direct us to recollect what we have received and praise You in the twilights and dawns of life. Amen
We invite you to join us during the Advent season as we reflect on the virtues of Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love; as we anticipate Christ's birth; and prepare our hearts to receive him.
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