I had the chance to spend some time with a colleague and friend the other day. In the course of our conversation she mentioned that Advent is all about points of light in the midst of the darkness. It was just an offhand comment, but it has been rolling around in my brain for the past few days.

So much of our celebration of this season centers around light: those on the tree, those on the houses in the neighborhood, the candles we light in worship each week, the glow of that star that marked the place where Jesus lay.

So today’s scripture has to do with light in the darkness. Because, after all, that is who Jesus was evern before he came into our world: he was God’s plan to give light to the dark human race.


I will lead the blind on roads they have never known;

I will guide them on paths they have never traveled.

Their road is dark and rough, but I will give light to keep them from stumbling.

This is my solemn promise. (Isaiah 42:16 CEV)

Take a moment over the next few days to notice some light in the darkness. Whether you light a candle, notice the lights on your neighbor’s houses, or sit in the glow of the lights from the Christmas tree. Notice how the light, no matter how small, pushes the darkness back. Notice that the darkness does not have the power to put out the light. Remember the One who came to be the light of the world.