12.4 Advent Devotional

Posted by on December 4, 2014


Mark 13:24-27

"But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory.
Then He will send out the angels, and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven."

I feel the darkness lately. It simply cannot be missed. I see the darkness. I can almost taste it. And this darkness has nothing to do with skin color. Or does it?

Michael Brown. Darren Wilson. Eric Garner.

Once again I find myself attempting to wrap my brain around the human spirit that comprises us. A collective spirit that is suffering through dark days. Suffering at our own hand.

Are the stars falling from the heavens? I don't think so, but I do think the powers in the heavens are shaken. Aren't you?

I am troubled that the human spirit is capable of living in such darkness; and we not only live in it – we seem to thrive in it. 

Where is the power and the glory and the light?


It's coming through our cracks. Through our wounds. Through our brokenness. Make no mistake, it will be painful. But it's coming. God tells us and I believe.

It has to be coming.

Original art, "Listen" by Hannah Barry.

In the darkness that follows deeds of the deepest evil, it is then when light often shines the brightest.

Once again I find myself attempting to wrap my brain around the one human spirit that comprises us. It is this spirit that seeks to maim, kill, plots to terrorize. Be it a vehicle of planes, bombs, guns or computers.

But like different sides of the same coin, it is the very same spirit that responds like no other can. The one that runs into the burning buildings, toward the explosions, to treat and help the wounded.

This light. It shines brightly enough that we place others’ well-being above the instinctive drive of self-preservation.

The scariest revelation lies in admitting the human spirit is capable of acts of such depravity; it not only imagines – it craves, plans and executes.

But in the aftermath comes the light.

Through the cracks, through the wounds, through brokenness of the greatest evil – the light shines. The spirit responds.

Saint Francis of Assisi said, "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." And our numbers are great. We light that candle collectively.

We shine, once again, in the darkest of days.

Just like the sapling, turn toward the light. So that when you’re called, you can lean into the dark and shine. Shine.

We will not allow the darkness to consume us. - See more at: http://www.lakehighlandstoday.com/index.php/news/article/in_the_aftermath_comes_the_light/#sthash.qCVbl40Z.dpuf


Posted by Anita Siegers on
Astounding art Hannah Barry! I so wish we could put a new playlist out there for the entire world to embrace. Change is a painful thing but I like your imagery of God's light coming through our cracks, wounds and our brokenness.
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