Light of the World

Light of the World
13th December 2015 Anne Richards

It’s that time of year where many of us leave home in the dark and get home in the dark. Sometimes when I set off in the morning the moon is still up in the sky and it feels like it’s the middle IMG_3295of the night. By the time I drive into the carpark here, day seems to have arrived. I have driven through the dawn. I can never pinpoint the exact moment that light has replaced darkness. It happens imperceptibly. And once it is light, there is a feeling that it will continue to get lighter, which most days, it does. It’s a gradual thing – not like an old fashioned light switch, either on or off, but much more like a cosmic dimmer switch! In the bible, at the beginning of Luke’s gospel, there is a verse which is referring to the coming of Jesus: ‘By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace’. Luke 1.78-79 This is the journey we are invited to take through advent, one from darkness to light, from turmoil to peace,  from sinfulness to forgiveness. As we prepare to celebrate once again God’s coming to earth as a human being, the incarnation,  may we experience a new dawn breaking upon us, in our lives as communities and in the wider world, bringing light to those in darkness, hope to those in despair and leading us all into the way of peace.