Advent is about light, God’s light to the world. The star in the sky guiding the three magi was already God’s light to the world. That light, back then, from afar, is the light that shines in our hearts today. When I search for my own light during this season, I see that the light that shines within me is also a light that comes from afar. The light within me takes me back to that manger where Jesus was born as a refugee, hiding from a tyrant who was killing small children. The light of the fire that warmed Joseph, Mary, Jesus, and the animals is the same light that warms my heart when I feel cold.
—Cláudio Carvalhaes, “Bearers of Light,” in Light from Afar: An Advent Devotional from Around the World (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
—John 8:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, thank you for the light from afar that came into our world when your Son, Jesus Christ, was born. Be with us as we await the birth of the Christ child in our hearts once again. Give us patience in the waiting. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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