Advent Devotional: November 28
The night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside works of darkness and put on the armor of light.
- Romans 13:12
All of Advent culminates on Christmas Eve, that best of nights, when we will sing "Silent Night" as each of us holds a candle up and out into the darkness – a proclamation that Jesus is a light to the world that no amount of darkness can contain!
Our first Advent scripture though, encourages us also to "put on the armor of light." Apparently, if we want to welcome The Light of Christ at Christmas, we have to become small candles of light during Advent.
Yesterday Kelly's sermon was entitled "Walk in the Light of the Lord."
Each Sunday during Advent we are lighting Advent candles of hope, peace, love, and joy so that we practice these things in our lives.
Each Sunday during Advent our children are coming forward for their time together with the song "This Little Light of Mine" and will finish with "We Are Marching In the Light of God."
Each Sunday during Advent at the end of the service I will carry the light of an Advent candle out of the sanctuary as a reminder that we take Christ's light into the world.
This year, light will be a central theme during Advent because every one of us knows some kind of darkness: the loss of someone dear to us; fear about what is going to become of us; worry for the poor and the refugees, anxiety about our nation and our future. There are so many kinds of darkness, is it any wonder that we are called to "put on the armor of light?"
So, how will you wear light this Advent? What will you shine your light upon? What darkness will you stand up to with your light? How will you shine the light of hope, peace, love and joy? How will you be the light of hope in a world of despair?
This hymn, in which we are called to be light in specific ways, is a great way to end your devotional time and a powerful way to start Advent: "We Are Called"
Hoping to shine light,
Rev. Brent A. Barry is the lead pastor and head of staff at NorthPark Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas.