Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.
Reflection by Janet Derby
This past week, I went to a visitation to see a friend whose 27 year old son had died. In the midst of the holiday season, she is in a dark place. Holidays are tough for me. While I love the celebrations and time spent with family, they are a reminder of the absence of our son, Joshua. Yet, there are glimmers of light.
Many years ago, before cell phones were ubiquitous, we went on a tour of Mammoth Cave. When we got deep inside, they turned off all the lights, including the flashlights we had been given. I had never seen such complete darkness. After a short time, the guide lit one candle. It was incredible how bright that small flame made the space. When people are in darkness, small points of light can be a great comfort. A kind gesture, a beautiful memory, a familiar song, a treasured tradition, can all give brightness to the darkness. During Advent, I am grateful for those lights.
Light of the World, Thank you for this season of hope and love, which reminds us that your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it. Help us to be that light in the world. Amen.