The light has come! This is our theme of Advent this year. Last weekend I led a retreat for Laity Lodge, in which I spoke about Ancient Near Eastern hospitality. There was apparently a custom that if you were being chased by an enemy and you came upon a camp of strangers, the strangers would give you protection in their camp and feed you. When night fell the enemies were to remain outside the light of the fire.
The light of the fire was not only the circle of refuge, peace and protection, but also of hospitality. St. John opens his gospel with perhaps the most exalted description of the Jesus in all of Holy Scripture. John declares that “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The light has come! Jesus Christ offers hospitality to the alienated and protection from the enemy, even in the dark night of a suffering and sinful world. Join us this Sunday as we mark the beginning of Advent, our season of preparation and anticipation of the coming of our King. The first Sunday of Advent always comes on the heels of Thanksgiving. The discipline of gratitude is a great step toward preparing our hearts for Christ’s coming!
I am grateful this Thanksgiving week for the joy of living, serving and leading among you, the people of Christ Church.
Blessed and thankful,