Blessed Savior, be born in us anew. Shine your healing love in the darkness that surrounds us so that we might be reassured of your abiding presence and become signs of hope and light for others. Amen.

Do you ever feel like you are walking in darkness—unsure of where you are, what to do, or how you will navigate your way forward? I know there are times when I do.

I am constantly thinking about our church. How can we best serve our members and community? What are the health and safety concerns of family and friends, especially as COVID-19 variants continue to emerge and the holiday season is upon us? When will the senseless shootings—like the one yesterday in Michigan—stop? The list goes on.

And then I read a passage like the one presented in our Gospel lesson this Sunday:

God’s Sunrise will break in on us, shining on those in the darkness…then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace (Luke 1:78-79, The Message Bible)

God’s love is like the morning sun bringing warmth and light to our days, interrupting, and reorienting the darkness, anxiety, confusion, disappointment, fear, and uncertainty and showing us the way forward toward peace. I absolutely love this image, and there is something about the dawn of a new day that always fills me with fresh hope and new possibilities.

The beauty of Advent is remembering that this prophecy has come true and is coming true. God’s love has broken in on us and is breaking in right here, right now in the midst of the pandemic and all things related. The way of peace has been provided and is ours to embrace if we only dared to.

And so, we watch. We pay attention. We pray and open ourselves to mystery and wonder so that we might learn, understand, and become gifts of grace to one another. Sometimes, it is slow and arduous—literally one foot at a time—but each step gets us closer. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy