December 19, 2020
We’re just a few days away from the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. After next week’s solstice, each day will be a little longer than the last. Each day will hold just a little more light.
That’s why it’s fitting that my week has been filled with a whole lot of “shining light in the darkness.” This week, I had a chance to worship with my family, lighting our family Advent candles while Miss Deb led us on our TV screen. (Noah even learned how to light matches for the first time — he’s very proud of himself!) I also returned to a beloved tradition of mine — lighting my candle during Moravian College Christmas Vespers (this time, of course, in a virtual format). And during our Quiet Christmas service, I joined Pastor Debbie in lighting candles to mark the losses, struggles, and fears of COVID-tide.
|In each of these moments, each of these actions, we remind ourselves of the truth captured in the Gospel of John: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5, NRSV). It’s why we light candles every Christmas Eve — to worship the One who is the Light in the midst of the darkness. Still need to reserve your candles for our online Christmas Eve services? Click the virtual RSVP link in this week’s email or contact Susan Matacavage for more info. Together, may we all shine a light in the darkness.|