Posted on December 10, 2018 by Nancy Schmitt
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
As we move through this second week of the Advent season, we start to hear more about the light of Christ coming into the darkness of our world in the person of Jesus as the Christ child. The story of light and darkness is part of each of our own stories. So, we need to hold within us, for assurance, words and songs that speak and sing of the endurance of this Christ-light overcoming the darkness and bringing hope, peace, love and joy into our Advent waiting.
Such words of assurance were found in a small home in Germany after WWII. The home had been a place of hiding for Jews trying to flee the horrors of the German death camps. Words had been scratched into the baseboard in one of the bedrooms saying, “I believe in the sun when it does not shine. I believe in love when I cannot find it. I believe in God when God does not speak.”
There is also a wonderful song of assurance in The Faith We Sing songbook called The Servant Song. The second verse of that song says, “I will hold the Christ-light for you in the nighttime of your fear, I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.”
Words and music so often offer us the assurances of the timeless truth of Advent that God yet comes into the darkness of human lives and the events of this world. This presence of God changes lives and calls forth light, even in the darkness. As Christians, our best sense of this transforming light has come to us through Jesus the Christ. This light and experience of God is saving for our lives…this light the darkness cannot overcome.