During Advent I have been very aware of light. These thoughts started with the Christmas lights in George Square, Glasgow. As I waited to cross the road on the way to work, I realised that I could see the coloured lights on the edge of the square. They did not make much sense, like the cliche they looked like the back of the tapestry, just a mixture of colour without any pattern. To me they looked like the false lights of Christmas, set up well in advance of Christmastide, with no idea of Advent as a time of waiting and expectation. Missing the point.
But I became more aware of light generally as the days went by. The days last weekend, when the sun did not appear to rise above the horizon. Monday when the sun bright, but low. The darkness of the evenings as I make my way home.
Thoughts of what the Bible says about light and darkness: The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? (Ps 27:1)
The central thought came last Thursday evening as I sat in a candlelit church: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (Jn 1:5). In the darkness aware of the light all around knowing that night is not dark to God, we wait again for the celebration of the coming of Christ, who is with us as we wait.
This light of Christ that is the true light. Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’ (Jn 8:12) The light that is worth the wait.