Little Thoughts for Advent

Light in the Darkness & Hope for Today

6 days and counting… Please don’t go too fast December!

We had a lovely day today between church and spending time with family… Where even our littlest won a game of pass the parcel… Not fixed at all I’m sure!

This evenin we looked at Psalm 18 v 28 : ‘For it is you who light my lamp; The Lord my God lightens my darkness.’ This verse is from a Psalm written by David after bring rescued from his enemies. Incredibly, years later, he would be known to be an ancestor of Jesus. An encounter with enemies could’ve turned out very differently and we could always ask, what if he hadn’t survived… What then? But, there’s no need for that, because God had it all worked out – he knew what would happen, even before it had happened.

This verse also points us to how God can light our path to show us the way and how He gave us His son, a gift of hope – how Jesus came to lighten the darkness with His message of hope and love and how we can then go out and share His love, offering light and hope in this world. I don’t think we can get through a day at the minute without hearing of some act of darkness somewhere in the world and I think it is vital that we hold on to hope, praying that there would be light in the darkness and that the love of the Light of the world would break through even the hardest hearts.

Our carol tonight was ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’, particularly: ‘Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth;              He who sang creations story, now proclaim Messiah’s  birth…                     God with man is now residing, yonder shines the infant Light.’

The book parcel was ‘The Animals’ Christmas’, a sweet re-telling of the journey to Bethlehem and the events around Jesus’ birth. Our wee activity was a bit of a ‘sweet’ one tonight too… Candy canes at the ready, along with a wee jar, some Sellotape and a length of ribbon… A bit of teamwork was also a necessity for this one!

At present, it’s a little candle holder… I have a feeling ‘Todd’ might change its use tomorrow though, but we’ll have to see what happens!

Enjoy what’s left of the weekend and have a lovely week and remember… No day is wasted if you can bring a little light and hope into someone’s life, no matter how small the word or gesture!

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