In a dark time, a
candle ignites hope, sparking
the advent of joy.
How are you spending these short days and long nights?
We celebrated our family Christmas during Thanksgiving week this year,
which means the gifts and feasts came early.
Now there is time to rest, read, go to concerts, light candles, and reflect.
The theme of joy, associated with a biblical angel
proclaiming “Good tidings of great joy,” seems perfect for this season.
This morning, as I sat in the “window room,” with the Joyful book on my lap,
I was entranced by large snowflakes, dancing downward.
Last night, I was similarly mesmerized by the flickering light on the Swedish Chimes on the dining room table.
Did you have a set like this one when you were growing up?
“The darkness around us is deep” says poet William Stafford. So true!
And so, too, are these words from John 1:5:
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
I am committed, during the season of Advent,
to loving the darkness, lighting candles, embracing joy,
and finding ways to share joy in everyday life.
I want to be a “Nancy Drew of joy,” to use the felicitous phrase of Ingrid Fetell Lee.
How to do that? I have her book on my lap and the sounds of angels dancing in my head.
I love moving through Advent slowly and yet ardently, waiting and watching,
paying attention to gifts of joy all around me.
I’d love to hear your story of joy in a dark time.