I love the Christmas season. However, this year it has been particularly hard for me to get into the spirit. There is so much chaos overseas. More refugees exist in our world than at any other time since World War II. In our own nation, there have been so many shootings. Violence, pain, and fear seem to be everywhere. As we gather each week around the Advent Wreath, it seems almost wrong to lite candles of Hope, Joy, Love or Peace… Honestly, it seems like I am preparing for evil, fear, and chaos more than I am preparing for the coming of Christ.
Today, we ARE preparing for Christmas, even though it seems like the world is falling apart. The Bible says that God chose to come to a people living in deep darkness to bring light. As we gather together this week, we are part of something radical. We are protesting the darkness. We will not be controlled by evil. We believe God is still working in this world, and we believe we can actually be a part of the Good News. This week I hope you can find hope to reach out and share God’s Joy in some way with the world around you!