A Light We Can't Always See


It is Advent, and we are waiting.  

We are waiting for things to change... for the world to be made right.  

We are waiting for healing, and restoration of our bodies and our spirits. 

We are waiting for the light to dawn.  

And sometimes it feels like the light will never come--that all we will ever know is darkness. 

Which is why I am so thankful for poets.  

I was listening to the new U2 album Songs of Experience and the song "There Is A Light."  

The lyrics spoke right into my waiting heart today: 
When all you've left is leavingAnd all you got is grievingAnd all you know is needing... 
There is a lightWe can't always see. 
One of my Advent readings today included this verse from an ancient Hebrew poet, who was waiting in darkness for the coming of the light of the Lord.  He wrote: 

"I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."

There are moments when explanations, and theological ramblings about this doctrine or that simply won't do.  Sometimes you need a poet to illustrate how you feel.  

So we wait on the Lord, with our whole being this Advent season.  And we trust that there is a light we can't always see---a light shining in the darkness... 

And the darkness will not overcome it.  Ever. 

May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and always. Amen.  





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