Where do you come from?
Can you hold the lantern up just a little higher so I can see your face more clearly? Yes, I’ll take your hand. The lights before and behind us tear at the darkness and the air is thick with expectancy and Hope. I don’t mind the jostling crowd. In fact, this year, I am reminded more than any other, this Advent journey we choose to take is never meant to be a solitary one. Wherever we start from, there is great value in walking together. Reminding, listening, helping and encouraging together. Holding hope for each other.
What’s that you carry with you?
Was it part of last years luggage? That family, just in front of us, they carry unexpected grief and loss. To your left a mother carries a newborn and the glow of contented new life. My steps fall slower with the weight of illness. Can you hear the laughter breaking free from parcels of good news at the front of the crowd? Lanterns emblazoned with Peace illuminate the children running crazy with excitement. The Spirit-soaking light of peace is not dependent on the kinds of things we carry.
What are you longing for?
Can I lean on you for just a moment? My heart is longing for a new year full of freedom and health and I have reason to believe it will happen. These steps I’m taking on this Advent path… this focused journey to Bethlehem, to the God who became man… my heart longs to see Him in a new way, to be changed. It’s Him. I’m longing to walk with Him in new places of freedom. Yes, you’re right, in Him is fullness of Joy!
Do you know who you are?
Lift up your lantern again, a little higher… see there, etched in the side… Loved Unconditionally, extravagantly, passionately, loved by God. Love that came, lived, died and moved a stone for us. Loved, right where we are without any stipulations or expectations, even when it seems impossible. Loved because we are His creation.
This ribbon of light, the company of followers, seeking the one who will always be found. It will weave its way through the coming days joining heaven and earth for celebrations of trust and tradition. Join us? Take a hand, lift a lantern, bask in the soft, luminous glow of candle light and twinkle lights? Every footstep we take gives us reason for thankfulness and sheds light on amazing, everyday, every season Grace!
Have a Wonderful Day!